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Art and Reductionism

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All thinking is done by our brains. They are also responsible for our feelings of love and hate, and for our ability to make and appreciate art. But there is a popular reluctance to credit the brain with some of these so-called higher functions. We have difficulty associating our appreciation of beauty with electrical impulses propagating down nerve fibres. We don't see love as residing in the organ that is hidden away inside the skull, where it sits, shaped like a boxing glove, grey, motionless, and seemingly inert. Instead, the icon of love is that fist-sized muscle in your chest.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of physics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-1130, USA., Email:

Publication date: January 1, 2004


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