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Hearts speak louder in art

Michael Bauce Berkeley
Tuesday January 15, 2002



Semir Zeki’s contention that art appreciation starts in the brain, not the heart, suggests that we, as human beings, are nothing more than robotic slaves (”Artists, Academics, Explain Arts Appeal” Daily Planet). The current scientific mentality, which seems to dominate the modern understanding of just about everything, looks to explain all reality simply by weighing, measuring and counting.  

Now that some modern artists have also jumped on the scientific bandwagon, we may now look forward to art that doesn’t appeal to our spiritual nature, but is crafted from the wisdom of machines and computers.  

Artist Sarah Filley’s comment that “science is at the forefront as to where we are going as a culture” is certainly correct. We haven’t hit rock bottom just yet.  


Michael Bauce