As we learned about neuroscience this past week, there was a strong emphasis placed on studying the consciousness of the brain. We learned about the importance of studying the neurological aspects of the brain because as discussed in lecture one, it is all these different functions of the brain that human behavior is dependent upon.
We also learned about many scientists throughout the course of history who have studied the varying aspects of the brain and the neurons that exist inside it. Dating all the way back to Aristotle who first studied the brain and divided it into different sections, we first started to realize about how complex the human brain is. It was Freud who then made the first observations about the conscious and unconscious parts of the brain, which we still focus on today.
It is the neurological aspect of the brain that artists have become most fascinated with. As described by Ramon y Cajal, the neurons in the brain are the “butterflies of the soul.” Artists find the beauty behind this neurological side of the brain because of its complexity. There is a lot of beauty that exists behind this part of the brain and one artist who has been able to tap into this is Suzanne Anker. Suzanne Anker has joined with neuroscientist, Giovanni Frazzeto, and together they have created the Neuroculture Project, which examines the correlation between modern brain science and popular culture. Suzanne Anker has taken many varying images of the neurological systems within the brain and overlapped them, illustrating the butterfly-like images. It truly is a piece of art to look at and is so cool to think that that kind of beauty exists in our brain. This only goes to show how art exists in all parts of this world.
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