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Charles T. Wolfe, Three neuroaesthetics

At a time when different forms of agency are attempting to mediate the face of cultural discourse including those closely aligned with aesthetics proper such as post-colonialism, curatorial practice, performance studies as well as those claiming rights from heterodox corners of cognitive science such as cognitive archaeology and ‘cognitive poetics’, a new vocabulary needs to be invented to clear up the ideological accretions and obscurities that seem to be the order of the day. In this regard I would like clarify these emerging positions with the hope of later unpacking their logics and future repercussions of these so-called neuroaesthetic programs. I shall suggest a distinction …

This post is in: Journal of Neuro-Aesthetic Theory

The Social Brain

I’ll tell you one or two or three basic points, such that you can retain them mentally. My title is the social brain and reflecting on this after the fact it occurred to me just to call it, either the Spinozist brain or, more mysteriously, the socialist cortex. The latter phrase came from/by reading and preparing for this. I’ll explain later what it refers to. As it has already been alluded to in some of the earlier sessions that there can be a social path to an inquiry into cognition, and intellect and mind, a social path that has been quite prevalent in recent years. …

This post is in: Journal of Neuro-Aesthetic Theory #5 (2005-07),Neuro-Aesthetics: Process and Becoming


Proprioception: from “proprius-ception, ‘one’s own’ ception (…) the ‘body’ itself as, by movement of its own tissues, giving the data of, depth”
(Charles Olson, “Proprioception”)

Up until now, it has not proved common in philosophy for readers to experience the breathless rush through sensory landscapes one finds in novels by William Gibson, or better, Jeff Noon (Vurt, Pollen). Philosophers of most stripes like to recapitulate; to reconstruct a context; to take you back a few steps in time and show you the emergence of an idea. Granted, there have been a few books in recent years coming out of the phenomenological tradition which emphasize the …

This post is in: Journal of Neuro-Aesthetic Theory #1 (1997-99)

De-ontologizing the Brain (from the fictional self to the social brain)

Phenomena at the intersection of neuroscience and psychology such as phantom limbs, much discussed in the wake of Ramachandran’s work (1998, 1999, etc.), when considered in a philosophical light, might seem to imply the necessity of the first-person perspective, made popular by Nagel (1979) but stemming from the central insights of the phenomenological tradition (Husserl and Merleau-Ponty in particular). …

This post is in: Journal of Neuro-Aesthetic Theory #4 (2004),2. Displacements of the Imaginary and Virtual Schemata

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