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PODCAST: An Interview with Carl Schoonover

[ 9 ] January 4, 2011 |

Carl Schoonover (Photo by Elaine Zhang)

To kick off our new season of The Beautiful Brain Podcast, host Noah Hutton sits down with Carl Schoonover, author of “Portraits of the Mind,” a stunning collection of beautiful images of the brain published by Abrams in 2010, with essays by senior scientists, detailed descriptions of the images by Schoonover, and an eloquent foreword by Jonah Lehrer.

Schoonover’s path to writing Portraits is a somewhat unorthodox one. He first studied Philosophy as an undergraduate at Harvard, then went on to do his graduate work in cognitive science and neuroscience, which he is still pursuing as a 4th year Ph.D candidate at Columbia University in New York City.

In this interview, Carl Schoonover discusses his background, the impetus for creating the book, and why the history of neuroscience is really the history of seeing the brain. Total runtime: 35:17.

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  6. […] Just before neuroscientist Carl Schoonover and director Françoise Girard took the stage last Wednesday at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City for a one-hour public dialogue, series curator Tim McHenry told the crowd that the two had never met before. A murmor of surprised excitement spread through the Rubin’s basement auditorium– we were about to witness that first meeting of minds, and the respective practices of art and science they carry within (opera and film, in Girard’s case, and neuroscience in Schoonover’s, who had just handed in his doctoral thesis at Columbia University, and last year published his first book, Portraits of the Mind). […]

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