The Neurobiology of Beauty

14 04 2010

H+ reports on the neuroaesthetic research of Semir Zeki:

Entoptic phenomena involve phosphenes (or entoptics) generated in the neural system and anyone can see them under the right conditions. These visions can be enhanced by hallucinogenic drugs, and such drugs may have been used in early shamanistic rituals, with the images then drawn by the visionary.   [P]sychoactive drugs and shamanistic ritual may well have played a part in the early creation of art — as they have did for the Romantic poets and the Beat poets of the ’50s and ’60s[.]

Art, Neurobiology, and Mescaline: The Neuroaesthetics of Semir Zeki

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