Love, Art, Mind
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 books, Beaudoin discussed how to develop ourselves and solve problems with the knowledge we "consume". But what about art?
Discontinuities illustrates the challenge, possibility and necessity of striving for integrated understanding of the world and of ourselves through the art of others. Discontinuities 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, epistles, stories, visual art, riddles, puzzles, and more, Discontinuities unfurls a new framework for more deeply being transformed by the art we experience.
With contributions from the late Juno award winning composer, Jocelyn Morlock, National Teaching Award recipient Prof. Claude Lamontagne, visual artist and Buddhist scholar Lam Wong, sculptor and geneticist, History professor, Dr. Laura Nys, photographer, Andrea Paterson, painter and psychotherapist Arash Kameli, designers and plain text advocate, ellane W, and story and hypertext expert, Mark Bernstein, and Hands cover art by Laura Redmond ... this deep, playful book will help you enjoy and learn from stories (and other forms of art) in the future.
While unique in form and content, 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?
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