Cool Science - September 17, 2015
In Machines of Loving Grace, New York Times reporter John Markoff, the first reporter to cover the World Wide Web, offers a sweeping history of the complicated and evolving relationship between humans and computers. Markoff states that we are on the verge of a technological revolution and robots will profoundly transform the way our lives are organized.
Our second guest, Anjan Chatterjee in the book, The Aesthetic Brain takes the reader on a wide-ranging journey through the world of beauty, pleasure, and art. Chatterjee uses neuroscience to probe how an aesthetic sense is etched in our minds and evolutionary psychology to explain why aesthetic concerns feature centrally in our lives. Chatterjee starts by probing the reasons that we find people, places, and even numbers beautiful.