The age of insight: the quest to understand the unconscious in art, mind, and brain from Vienna 1900 to the present
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The central challenge of XXI century science is to understand the human mind in biological terms. The possibility to achieve this goal began at the end of the 20th century when cognitive psychology, the science of the mind, merged with neuroscience, the science of the brain. Mind and Brain, the classical philosophical dichotomy, Descartes’ error as told by the neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, returns in the reflection of one of the most important living scientist, the 2000 Nobel Prize, Eric Kandel. Original and sparkling is his choice of a particular form of art; modernist portraiture in Vienna at the beginning of the XX century. According to Kandel, both this aesthetics and that period of time, are characterized by a series of pioneering attempts to connect art and science.