William E. Connolly
- Title: Neuropolitics: Thinking, Culture, Speed
- Author: William E. Connolly
- ISBN: 9780816640225
- Page: 254
- Format: Paperback
By taking up recent research in neuroscience to explore the way brain activity is influenced by cultural conditions and stimuli such as film technique, Connolly is able to fashion a new perspective on our attempts to negotiate and thrive within a deeply pluralized society whose culture and economy continue to quicken In Neuropolitics, Connolly draws upon recent brain bodyBy taking up recent research in neuroscience to explore the way brain activity is influenced by cultural conditions and stimuli such as film technique, Connolly is able to fashion a new perspective on our attempts to negotiate and thrive within a deeply pluralized society whose culture and economy continue to quicken In Neuropolitics, Connolly draws upon recent brain body research to explore the creative potential of thinking, the layered character of culture, the cultivation of ethical sensibilities, and the critical role of technique in all three He then shows how a series of films including Vertigo, Five Easy Pieces, and Citizen Kane enhances our appreciation of technique and contests the linear image of time now prevalent in cultural theory.Connolly deftly brings these themes together to support an ethos of deep pluralism within the democratic state and a politics of citizen activism across states His book is an original and rigorous study that attends to the creative possibilities of thinking in identity, culture, and ethics Who else but Connolly could make brain research and film interpretation illuminate each other in this way It s a splendid set of moves and makes this book comparable to no other, not only in political theory, but in cultural theory, film studies, and psychology Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley
Recent Comments "Neuropolitics: Thinking, Culture, Speed"
A lot of this wasn't really useful to me because of it's focus on film. However, it was encouraging to read this because in this book an important thinker of our times advocated the need for considering the connections between our cognitive processes and our political lives (which is exactly what I am doing in my dissertation).
Very intriguing but a tad off point. I felt this book was more a fusion of philosophy and film with some basic conceptions of neuroscience.
Fascinating book on the layers of culture and usefulness of neuroscience in cultural theory.
You can't just string nonsense words together and call it a book. I mean, I guess you physically can, but you shouldn't. Otherwise, it reads like Neuropolitics.
This book has aged well. Its main proposals are as relevant today as they were in 2002 - the call to cultivate an ethos of deep pluralism, the need to emphasize the role existential faith plays even in the most rational practices of thought, and the urgency to highlight the role technique, ritual and micropolitics play in ethics and politics. A fertile invitation to think that draws imaginitevly and coherently from film to neuroscience, from Deleuze to Freud, from the articulation between brain/ [...]
"If you subtract the elements of time and creativity from your picture of nature, all the boasting in the world about the creativity of thought will ring hollow."--William E. Connolly, Neuropolitics: Thinking, Culture, Speed
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