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By Leonard Shlain

Best-selling writer Leonard Shlain explores the potential of humankind throughout the existence, artwork, and brain of the 1st actual Renaissance guy, Leonardo da Vinci. the writer hypothesizes that da Vinci’s excellent variety of achievements demonstrates a harbinger of the way forward for our species. Da Vinci’s options as an artist, scientist, and inventor are recast via a contemporary lens, with Shlain using modern neuroscience to light up da Vinci’s artistic method. No different individual in human heritage has excelled in such a lot of components of innovation: Shlain finds the how and the why.

Shlain theorizes that Leonardo’s amazing brain got here from a uniquely constructed and built-in correct and left mind, and he bargains a version for the way we can also evolve. utilizing earlier and present learn, Leonardo’s Brain offers da Vinci because the point of interest for a clean exploration of human creativity. along with his lucid type and noteworthy skill to determine connections between a variety of fields, Shlain brings the reader into the realm of history’s maximum brain.

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Leonardo da Vinci But of all other stupendous inventions, what sublimity of mind must have been his who conceived how to communicate his most secret thoughts to any other person, though very far distant either in time or place? And with no greater difficulty than the various arrangement of two dozen little signs upon paper? Let this be the seal of all the admirable inventions of man. —Galileo Galilei Of all the great hybrid unions that breed furious release of energy and change, there is none to surpass the meeting of literate and oral cultures.

Some were blood-borne hormones acting over long distances; others were local agents never straying far from home. For example, hormones such as testosterone, insulin, estrogen, and thyroxin (from the thyroid) can profoundly affect emotions, mood, and mental functioning, even though they are secreted by organs distant from the brain. Local agents such as dopamine, epinephrine, and serotonin in tiny doses can initiate seismic shifts in a person’s emotional tenor and intellectual clarity. Neurotransmitters work by changing the state of neurons, the defining cells of the nervous system.

And with no greater difficulty than the various arrangement of two dozen little signs upon paper? Let this be the seal of all the admirable inventions of man. —Galileo Galilei Of all the great hybrid unions that breed furious release of energy and change, there is none to surpass the meeting of literate and oral cultures. The giving to man of an eye for an ear by phonetic literacy is, socially and politically, probably the most radical explosion that can occur in any social structure. —Marshall McLuhan In 1481, Pope Sixtus VI summoned many of Florence’s most ­outstanding artists to Rome.

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