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Reductionism

In this episode, we discussed what reductionism means in the context of art and in the context of neuroscience, inspired by Eric Kandel's book: Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging the Two Cultures


Link to the book:


Since we mainly discussed ideas from Kandel's book, I leave you with the questions and works of art that were mentioned.


What is reductionism in art?

How does the brain perceive abstract art?

What is the purpose of reductionist art?



Sunset Joseph Mallord William Turner, c. 1830-5

Broadway Boogie-Woogie Piet Mondrian, 1942

Couple Kissing Mark Rothko, 1903

No.7 Mark Rothko, 1964


What is a reductionist approach to brain science research (bottom-up methodology)?

How well can a reduced thing explain an unreduced thing that it makes up?

Is a reductionist research approach valid? What can it inform us?


A thought-provoking Scientific American article about a reductionist approach to science:

"Historical contingency and the futility of reductionism: Why chemistry (and biology) is not physics"



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