The Age of Insight : The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present Hardback
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 656 pages, 200 Plus Colour Photographs Throughout
- Publisher: Random House USA Inc
- Publication Date: 01/06/2012
- Category: Psychology
- ISBN: 9781400068715
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Review by michaelbartley
This was a great book, I loved each page! The story starts in 1900's Vienna, the first group of thinkers and artist the writer explorers are Freud, Klimt, and the Austrian expressionism artist. That is only the start, Mr. Kandel then explores how we see art and how art interacts with the brain. Then how the brain becomes the mind. Freud was one the first that explored that field. The artist he infuenced explored it in their art. Now science and art is showing how it may work.
Review by joeydag
500 pages of science, art history, and art criticism written in a very straight forward manner, science for the general public. Some brain science is numbingly dull. This book helped me to recognize Freud as the first to place unconscious thought so central to psychology. Also it helped me start to realize how much of human thought is unconscious and how much our emotions and feelings are part of our thoughts. The author explains some fascinating results in testing consciousness near the end of the book. <br/><br/>The most amusing moment in the book for me was finding that the figure noted on page 378 to the sentence "In art, as in life, there are few more pleasurable sights than a beautiful human face", was a photo of the author's wife. <br/><br/>I wouldn't recommend this book to readers who are not interested the project to help bridge the gap between science and art.