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Response to Ramachandran and Hirstein

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[opening paragraph]: Ramachandran and Hirstein in their article, ‘The Science of Art: A Neurological Theory of Aesthetic Experience’ make the grandiose claim of having developed a theory of human aesthetic experience, while reducing that very experience to meaningless terms. As a practising artist whose work is informed by contemporary theory as well as a Buddhist practice, I find it hard to take their argument seriously. Clearly, it is necessary to examine one's assumptions about the nature of the artistic experience before attempting to develop grand theory.

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Dept of Communication, UCSD, La Jolla, CA 92093-0503, USA.

Publication date: January 1, 1999

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