Monthly Archives: February 2016

On art and the brain

A provocative talk by Ramachandran.  Start at 21 minute 50 seconds.  https://www.quora.com/Is-there-an-evolutionary-purpose-to-arts-and-aesthetics-Why-do-humans-love-different-art-forms Advertisements

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Finding Beauty in the Darkness – The New York Times

Science, like art, music and literature, has the capacity to amaze and excite, dazzle and bewilder. I would argue that it is that aspect of science — its cultural contribution, its humanity — that is perhaps its most important feature. … Continue reading

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How did evolution shape the human appreciation of be…

I post this article even though I disagree with one of the central claims, that aesthetic appreciation is not a drive (more like cuddling than sex).  What do you think?  The examples given here, like looking at the Rocky Mountains, … Continue reading

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A perfect circle?

This is not the usual kind of link I post, but it seems beautiful nonetheless.  What control!   For whatever reason I can watch this film over and over! http://giphy.com/gifs/xT77Y5PFtrHgGsknu0

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Special Issue on the nature and experience of mathematical beauty

Very excited to announce this special, interdisciplinary issue on the nature and experience of mathematical beauty.  Several interesting and provocative texts by philosophers, mathematicians, and math educators. Papers include: The Nature and Experience of Mathematical Beauty Manya Raman-Sundström, Lars-Daniel Öhman, … Continue reading

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