Friday, November 02, 2007

Literature For Better Science

Proust Was A Neuroscientist, a book from Jonah Lehrer, makes a case for scientists getting a good grip on the literary greats. His angle is, writers and artists demonstrate or deduce certain workings of the mind and body, that science has taken decades to prove. He also says that while art and literature won't give a scientist The Answers, it might help scientists ask better questions. That is not to be underestimated!

Wired interviewed him, or at least pitched him a few softballs. I get the impression they asked as many questions as they could without reading any of the classics. I do kind of wish it were possible to make any reference to Proust without invoking a cookie, though.


Rufus said...

The first thing I think of with Proust is the really weird widespread lesbian conspiracy in the fifth, or maybe the sixth book. But, somehow, I can't see widespread lesbian conspiracies becoming 'Proustian'.

Holly said...

No, but they do make better cover art. (Do a Google image search on "lesbian conspiracy" to see what I mean. Them ain't yer granny's madelaines...)