The neurobiology of beauty — Semir Zeki



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...

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Seminar at NIAS-KNAW, Amsterdam


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...

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Eric Kandel at TEDxMet: The Age of Insight



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...

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Ramachandran: The Emerging Mind — Lecture 3: “The Artful Brain”


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

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More human than human: Ramachandran on supernormal stimuli


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)’....

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


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...

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John Onians on neuroarthistory


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...

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Steven Pinker on music as a supernormal stimulus


A beautiful episode of “The Genius of Charles Darwin” (UK Channel 4 Television, 2008), in which Richard Dawkins interviews Steven Pinker. In the interview talks mainly...

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