Another Approach to Consilience

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Science  28 Mar 2008:
Vol. 319, Issue 5871, pp. 1763
DOI: 10.1126/science.1155967

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Proust Was a Neuroscientist. By Jonah Lehrer. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2007. 256 pp. $24, C$32.95. ISBN 9780618620104.

Artscience. Creativity in the Post-Google Generation. By David Edwards. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2008. 203 pp., $19.95, £12.95, €15. ISBN 9780674026254.

Many who dream of unifying scientific and humanistic thinking seem to hold a one-sided view of the resulting whole: that the study of topics in the arts and humanities should be informed by science. Lehrer and Edwards offer a range of examples that suggest the benefits from working in the other direction.