Proust, Art and NeurosciencePlay
Well, science writer Jonah Lehrer says that artists have a pretty good track record understanding the subtleties of our minds — often well ahead of scientists.
Whitman, Proust, Stravinsky, Cezanne — each of them, Lehrer writes, anticipated major breakthroughs in what today we call neuroscience.
Proust didn't invent Prozac, but he connected the body to the mind in a way Lehrer said no one had before.
This hour On Point: artists and intimations of neuroscience.Guest:
Jonah Lehrer, editor-at-large for Seed Magazine, a magazine about science in our culture. His new book is "Proust was a Neuroscientist."
This program aired on December 3, 2007.