November 9, 2019 Neural Networks as a Model for Understanding and Creating Art

“This suggests that artists make art by optimizing for effects on the human object-recognition system. Physical artifacts are optimized to evoke real-world objects for this system (e.g. to evoke people or landscapes) and to serve as superstimuli for this system.”

November 15, 2017 The neurobiology of beauty — Semir Zeki

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Professor of neuroesthetics Semir Zeki explores Edmund Burke's famous definition of beauty from a neurobiological perspective and argues that there is a single fundamental

November 6, 2017 Seminar at NIAS-KNAW, Amsterdam

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For the first semester of the 2017/2018 academic year, I am the artist-in-residence at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Science (NIAS). On october 26th 2017, i presented

November 1, 2017 Eric Kandel at TEDxMet: The Age of Insight

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A fascinating talk by Eric Kandel, who wrote one of the best books on 'the biology of the beholder's share'.  ‘The age of insight

November 1, 2017 Ramachandran: The Emerging Mind — Lecture 3: “The Artful Brain”

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In his third Reith lecture from 2003, which is the most speculative one in a series of five, Professor Ramachandran takes up one of

October 23, 2017 More human than human: Ramachandran on supernormal stimuli

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Vilayanur Ramachandran talks about art as a supernormal stimulus in episode 1: ‘More human than human’ of the BBC documentary ‘How Art Made The World (2005)’.

October 12, 2017 A Darwinian theory of beauty, an animated TED talk by Denis Dutton

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Animator Andrew Park illustrates Denis Dutton's provocative theory on beauty -- that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of

October 12, 2017 John Onians on neuroarthistory

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Nice and brief introduction to the work of John Onians, who famously and notoriously coined the term 'neuroarthistory', as an approach that ‘concerns the neurological