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Welcome to The Beautiful Brain

[ 4 ] December 16, 2009 | Noah Hutton

Screen shot 2009-12-05 at 7.52.41 PMThe Beautiful Brain explores the latest findings from the ever-growing field of neuroscience through monthly podcasts, essays, and reviews, with particular attention to the dialogue between the arts and sciences. The hope is to illuminate important new questions about creativity, the mind of the artist, and the mind of the observer that modern neuroscience is helping us to answer, or at least to provide part of an answer. Instances where art seeks to answer questions of a traditionally scientific nature are also of great interest, and for that reason you will hear from artists as well as scientists on The Beautiful Brain.

In this first iteration of the site, check out the first edition of the podcast, which explores the field of neuroaesthetics, as well as an essay I wrote and a review of a new exhibition in New York City. I will be updating the site through the weeks ahead with new articles and reviews, and the podcast will be a monthly affair. Thanks for checking the site out and let me know if you have any suggestions.

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  1. Jo Leigh says:

    Although I’ve never heard the term neuroaesthetics, I’ve been fascinated with the subject for a long time. Particularly the role of story in the evolution of the brain. I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen so far, and looking forward to the future of your excellent endeavor.

    • Brenda says:

      Thank you to my wonderful hubnsad 1SG Craig Reed. He is preparing to leave for Afghanistan in January. You are following God’s calling to come out of retirement to deploy and lead a group of soldiers. We are so proud of you. Love and miss you more than you know.

    • That’s the perfect insight in a thread like this.

    • Wellington says:

      I completely agree that my story is not anynoe else’s. My experience is not anynoe else’s. I also agree that skinny does not, in fact, correlate to fit. There is plenty of evidence that many skinny folk are not healthy (e.g., many smokers are skinny). So can we perhaps change the vector of the discussion a little bit? Can we agree that there are certain things everyone can do to be [fit/healthy] irrespective of their body type? Can we agree that this discussion is not about getting skinny, but about getting [fit/healthy]? Can we agree that it is worthwhile sharing the knowledge that all of us have gained through trial and error and research and put into practice in our own lives with people who may not have taken the time to learn it independently and who may not have thought about putting it into practice in their own lives?And so I propose that we stop talking about weight loss and perhaps start talking about how to make good food choices and what one means when one says make good food choices. That we talk about the importance of cardio vascular health that can only come from actually going out and walking or running or biking for a minimum of 30 minutes 3 times a week. That is a discussion worth having and one worth sharing. Can we talk about the fact that we lose 30% of our flexibility in our 30s unless we do something about it (e.g. yoga, pilates, stretching 15 min a day) and that loss of flexibility can lead to injuries that can make it harder and harder to stay [fit/healthy]?

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