Book Reviews — Art and Science

Book Review: Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature by Alva Noë

Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature by Alva Noë. Reviewed by Amy Ione

Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature endeavors to, as Alva Noë the author puts it, introduce art as “its own manner of investigation and its own legitimate source of knowledge” (p. xii) using the enactive approach that he has been working with for a number of years. According to this view, “experience is something we enact or perform; it’s not something that happens in us or to us” (p. 215), “it is something we do, or make, or achieve. And like everything else we achieve, we do so only against the background of our skills, knowledge, situation, and environment, including our social environment” (p. xii).

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Book Review: The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World by Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman

The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World by Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman. Reviewed by Amy Ione.

The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World is a collaborative study exploring the elusive nature of creativity. Early in the book Anthony Brandt, a composer, and David Eagleman, a neurologist. explain that the volume grew out of a dialogue between them that has been ongoing for many years.

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Book Review: ChildArt Magazine: Arts and Mind - The Brain Science of Human Experience

Review of ChildArt Magazine: Arts and Mind - The Brain Science of Human Experience, Guest Editor, Susan Magsamen; Editor, Ashfaq Ishaq. Reviewed by Amy Ione.

ChildArt’s “Your Brain on Art” likewise captures the importance of engagement in education and human development, introducing projects that highlight children in schools as well as cross-cultural and community outreach. Divided into three sections, the issue also reminds us that children learn and experience life in more than one way.

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