I’m the kind of person who (tries to) concentrate on one thing at a time. Its not easy for me. I used to have all kinds of trouble. Sometimes when I would read stories, my eyes would drift off the page and I would continue a narrative, of my own making, in my head. When I […]

Cézanne and Neuroscience

In his book Proust was a Neuroscientist, Jonah Lehrer illustrates how the revelations of the arts and literature give us insight into the human mind with as much, and possibly more clarity than does the work of neuroscientists. The chapter about Paul Cézanne caught my interest. Cézanne’s vision The impressionists, whose work was contemporaneous with […]

Applied Whitman

As I mentioned yesterday, I started reading Proust was a Neuroscientist. The intriguing premise of this book is that discoveries in neuroscience have their parallels in arts and literature. Today I wish to address the author’s treatment of the writer and poet, Walt Whitman, how it applies to neuroscience and explore whether Whitman’s approach can […]

Looking Forward

Neuroanatomy Those of you who follow my blog know that my interest in the brain stems from my older brother who is autistic, profoundly retarded and has never uttered a word in his life. I had the good fortune to be able to study neuroanatomy with a colleague, Dr. Andrew Lautin, and participate in the […]