Reads and Zines with Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer
The human brain is a complex organ that allows us to think, move, feel, see, hear, taste, and smell. It controls our body, receives information, analyzes information, and stores information to create our memories.The brain produces electrical signals, which, together with chemical reactions, let the parts of the body communicate. Nerves send these signals throughout the body.
Does it sound like a neurobiology introduction definition? What if I told you all of this was discovered by one of the greatest French writers—Marcel Proust. This is what Jonah Lehrer argues in his novel Proust Was a Neuroscientist. Science did not get there first, art did! Lehrer gives hope by showing why reducing everything to atoms and genes may close our mind to the outstanding discoveries made by artists. Accumulating data and understanding them are not the same process. One focuses on discipline and precisions, while the other focuses on imagination and creativity.
In a wonderful mixture of analysis, scientific articles, biographies and critics, Lehrer will show how a painter, a poet, a chef, a composer, and a handful of novelists led the path to modern discoveries such as the fifth taste (unami), the brain’s malleability, the subtleties of vision and the deep structure of language. Science and art can be ingenious partners, combining the best of both produces effects of awe.
Proust was a Neuroscientist is now available on Amazon.
- Amelie Bigras
* Editor’s Note: We’ve just been informed that Lehrer has been accused of being…shall we say… creative in his writing. Thank you for the responses, and please be warned that this work might carry elements of fiction.