The Shrinking World of Ideas
This article by Arthur Krystal explores what he views as the shift in popular culture away from ideas themselves, to the means by which they are produced. He argues that the rise of postmodernism in popular thinking and the emphasis on deconstruction, while valuable, also caused a falling-off in cultural life. This raises fascinating questions about the nature of neuroscience and how we understand the way our brains process ideas and information. “If questions of art, beauty, morality, and value continue to engage us, the answers, so it’s said, must lie in our genes. Or in our frontal cortices. Or in our innate capacity for wonder, which makes us adapt better to the wonder of existence. It’s anyone’s guess.”
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