Last updated on 2016-04-23
About the Book
In this the "Knowledge" Age, we gorge on fragmented factual and artistic information. But are we experiencing commensurate personal growth? In Cognitive Productivity Beaudoin presented ways of growing from the knowledge we "consume". But what about art?
Discontinuities illustrates the challenge, possibility and necessity of striving for integrated understanding. This book presents variations on the theme of learning about ourselves and each other by responding deeply to art in all its forms—story, visual art, music, etc. Through essays, stories, visual art and more, this book begins to unfurl a new framework for more deeply being transformed by the art we experience.
While unique in form and content, true to its thesis, this book is inspired by Geoffrey Miller's The Mating Mind, Dorothy Tennov's Love and Limerence, Warren McCulloch's Embodiments of Mind, Marvin Minsky's The Society of Mind, Aaron Sloman's notion of discontinuities in the space of possible minds, other works in affective/cognitive science, novels by Paul Auster, Milan Kundera and others, Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations, Lizst's Piano Concerto No. 2, Willa Cather's The Troll Garden, E.C. Escher, songs of Jacques Brel, and who knows what else?
With contributions from National Teaching Award recipient Prof. Claude Lamontagne, visual artist and Buddhist scholar Lam Wong, sculptor and geneticist, Dr. Al Sather, History Ph.D. student, Laura Nys, photographer, Andrea Paterson, painter and psychotherapist Arash Kameli, and others to be announced. Hands cover art by Laura Redmond.
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