Proust was a Neuroscientist, Jonah Lehrer

2021

Title: Proust was a Neuroscientist

Author: Jonah Lehrer

Typology: Study

Language: English

Year: 2012 (first U.S. edition 2007)

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 978-0-85786-231-0

Synopsis: In this sparkling and provocative book, Jonah Lehrer explains that when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first. Taking a group of celebrated writers, painters and composers, Lehrer shows us how artists have discovered truths about the human mind – real, tangible truths – that science is only now rediscovering. We learn, for example, how Proust first revealed the fallibility of memory; how George Eliot understood the brain’s malleability; how Cézanne worked out the subtleties of vision; and how Virginia Woolf pierced the misteries of consciousness. It’s a riveting tale of art trumping science again and again.

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