Overall, I thought this text went into a ton of detail in regards to the current issues surrounding neuroscience and modern physics and how the human mind interprets different ideas whether they’re simple or complicated. It took Lehrer quite a while to hit home on his main point that art should be incorporated into science, but he does a nice job at going in depth with the current issues around the brain and how they can be resolved. He starts off talking about art in a small piece when he discusses the Bohr model and the visual representation that it gives us. He then goes off discussing how there’s still much more to learn about the universe than we think and how our unknowns haven’t receded very much. He then notes that neuroscience has to develop an intimate understanding of higher order mental events which seemed confusing at first, but it made sense when he put the concepts of arts and science together later to elaborate how these unresolved problems can be solved. He states that art can teach us who we are and what everything surrounding us is which is something that you have to attain from both art and science.
Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle: Establishes a limit to the precision at which something such as particles can be known (Dictionary).
“The bridging principle” (You may have to look at the text itself, for this definition.): Used to connect one idea to another? (art vs. science).
Reductionism: The practice of describing a complex issue in terms of facts held to represent a more fundamental level (Dictionary).
Synapse: A junction between 2 cells which is composed of a minute gap across them in which impulses can pass via diffusion of a neurotransmitter (Dictionary).
Epiphenomenon: A secondary effect that can arise but not influence a certain process or experiment (Dictionary).
Holistic perspective: Different factors taken into account to help generate a picture of a certain culture as a whole (Study.com).