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A&O CLASS MEETING
February 26, 2019
reposted April 12 for reformatting
From Last week (Feb 19): resonances and reverberations
Reminder: GRADING in A&O is by “portfolio” (● weekly check-ins in writing and class discussion + ● Powerpoint presentation to class + ● final paper or project after feedback from presentation)
OPEN with CHECK-IN (#1 and at least two others):
In A&O at this point, ART comes from YOU; some ideas from Kandel excerpt on abstraction and the ATTRIBUTES of ART.
ALL we know is represented within our brains—but is it a good representation of the outside reality or illusory–HALLUCINATION: read “When seeing is not believing” by Frederick Lepore for interesting history of hallucination research … and https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23230980-400-you-are-hallucinating-right-now-to-make-sense-of-the-world/ for recent work.
Metaphor: I am asking you to believe, along with “Romantic poets and physicians alike … that comprehending life “required a two-planed vision that was simultaneously close range and panoramic.” And that the passions can lead the body, not the other (Cartesian) way around. DEEPER: read Kathryne Dycus’ essay “Reading the brain in John Keats’s Ode to Psyche” and consider its implications for EMBODIED COGNITION.
Then – relative to how IMPROVISATION works (mind maps are notable; but most conversation is improvised) watch neuroscientist Charles Limb talk about music: https://www.ted.com/talks/charles_limb_your_brain_on_improv
Then – relative to how the brain works and (in general) and MIRROR NEURONS in particular, watch https://www.ted.com/talks/vs_ramachandran_the_neurons_that_shaped_civilization