Art & photography
Decoding "art" Of course, it started with craft. The craft of making a bowl or a tool or anything that created function. As humans became wealthier, we could seek out the artisan, the craftsperson who would add an element of panache and style to the tools we used. It's not much of a leap from the beautiful functional object to one that has no function other than to be beautiful. Art was born.
The first-ever exhibition of forty mandalas created by patients of Swiss psychoanalyst C.G. Jung is on display until May 6. “This is an exceptional opportunity to view symbolic and historic art that has been secured in the Institute’s archives for decades.” - Oglethorpe University Museum of Art Director Lloyd Nick. Carl Jung was arguably one of the most fascinating minds of modern psychology. brookhaven.patch
Eric Kandel is a titan of modern neuroscience. He won the Nobel Prize in 2000 not simply for discovering a new set of scientific facts (although he has discovered plenty of those), but for pioneering a new scientific approach. As he recounts in his memoir In Search of Memory, Kandel demonstrated that reductionist techniques could be applied to the brain, so that even something as mysterious as memory might be studied in sea slugs, as a function of kinase enzymes and synaptic proteins. (The memories in question involved the “habituation” of the slugs to a poke; they basically got bored of being prodded.) Because natural selection is a deeply conservative process – evolution doesn’t mess with success – it turns out that humans rely on almost all of the same neural ingredients as those inveterbrates.
by Maria Popova From Gertrude Stein to Karl Popper, or how to architect “negative capability” and live with mystery. One of my favorite books of all time is Jonah Lehrer’s Proust Was a Neuroscientist, which tells the story of how a handful of iconic creators each discovered an essential truth about the mind long before modern science was able to label and pinpoint it — for instance, George Eliot detected neuroplasticity, Gertrude Stein uncovered the deep structure of language, Cézanne fathomed how vision works, and Proust demonstrated the imperfections of memory. Creating a "Fourth Culture" of Knowledge: Jonah Lehrer on Why Science and Art Need Each Other
by Maria Popova What supernovas have to do with cancer cells. When she lost her friend Cathy to cancer, artist Michele Banks (whose stunning biological watercolors you might recall) set out to tell her friend’s story in the language she speaks most fluently and eloquently: painting. But she didn’t want it to be another “cancer painting.” A Painting of Cancer Cells Inspired by Carl Sagan
William Utermohlen's Self-Portraits Of His Decline From Alzheimer's Disease For over twelve years, William Utermohlen's mind slowly unraveled. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1995, and "from that moment on, he began to try to understand it by painting himself," said his wife, Patricia, to The New York Times. Utermohlen's self-portraits reveal his decline from Alzheimer's disease, but they also show an artist rediscovering color.
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When Art Heals
Friedrich Neitzsche once claimed that without music, life would be a mistake. Researchers in Norway claim that without music, art, or other cultural events, life may also be shorter and less satisfying. A new study, published by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, reports that visiting museums, attending concerts, playing an instrument, and creating art are associated with happier lives. The investigators surveyed more than 51,000 adults to assess their leisure habits and cultural participation and their self-perceived health status and levels of depression and anxiety. Music and Art – Good for Your Soul and Your Lifespan
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Why did Osama bin Laden build such a drab HQ? | Art and design If the death of Osama bin Laden tells us anything it's that life isn't like a Bond movie. Rather than running al-Qaida from some spectacular Ken Adam-designed lair under the ocean or inside a volcano, Bin Laden ended his days in an exceptionally ugly and ignoble townhouse – a bland, square, flat-roofed three-storey block with few windows or other features. Blofeld or Scaramanga wouldn't have been caught dead in such a design abomination, while Bin Laden very much was.
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