December 13, 2007
Q-&-A with Jonah Lehrer
'You can learn important things just by paying attention'
(Page 2 - Previous Page)JL: It was pretty idiosyncratic. Once I had the idea, I would literally just pick up Walt Whitman and couldn't help but read him through the prism of neuroscience. So these are just eight artists I love and felt I could tell the best story about.
JJ: Do you feel like you have ruined the artistic experience?
JL: Am I like some annoying film studies major who took one film study class and now explains every movie? I certainly hope not. Obviously, what makes all this art great is that it works on so many levels and there is no one interpretation of it, and certainly not this interpretation. I hope I have just revealed a little bit of a new facet within the art.
The first chapter of "Proust Was a Neuroscientist" can be read online at here.
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