Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, by Alva Nöe

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In short, aesthetic experience begins where neuroaesthetics ends; or, as the philosopher Alva Noë (2015, 361) put it, in neuroaesthetics 

“art isn’t explained; it is explained away.”

Indeed, neuroaesthetics requires us to give up the very concept of “art,” to impoverish it to the point of considering its productions as a primitive form of brain imaging, and beauty as the automatic outcome of the arrangement of visual stimuli (Cappelletto 2009, 151, 152).

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Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness at...

Alva Noë: You Are Not Your Brain
Alva Noë - Why a Mind-Body Problem?
Alva Noë - Why is Consciousness so baffling?
Alva Noë - What Makes Brains Conscious?
Debate: "Can Neuroscience Help Us Understand Art?" (Alva Noë and Gabrielle Starr)
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