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 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

October 6, 2017 Steven Pinker on music as a supernormal stimulus

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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