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Proust Was a Neuroscientist


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Blogger ( and Seed magazine editor-at-large Lehrer presents a deft and fascinating analysis of how five writers, a painter, a composer, and a chef discovered truths about the brain that took science decades to realize. Actor/musician/narrator Dan John Miller's (Generation Text) rich, smooth reading forms an impressive foundation to this esoteric work, which will definitely appeal to those interested in Eastern philosophies and theoretical physics as well as to fans of Fritjof Capra's The Tao of Physics and Gary Zukav's works. Highly recommended for university libraries supporting philosophy, psychology, and theoretical physics curricula.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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"In this intriguing reflection . . . both art and science are freshly conceived." --Howard Gardner
"Lehrer puts current neuroscience to a fine use -- ancestor worship -- and in the process gives us a delightful, thoughtful read." --Antonio Damasio, author of Descartes' Error
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"Jonah Lehrer in Proust was a Neuroscientist, brilliantly, playfully, and precociously shows how artistic perception often anticipates scientific discovery." --Michael Collier
"This is a delightful little book . . . fun to read and thought provoking." --Joseph LeDoux, New York University, author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self
"Comes close to exemplifying . . . a unified "third culture" in which science and literature can co-exist as peaceful, complementary equals." Publishers Weekly
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