Hope you are well.With me the reading is going well, and the good Doctor Kandel has me still enthralled He wrote of reductionism in brain science and how they use giant sea snails. I didn’t really get a clue how big a giant sea snail is and it isnt really important to the plot,if you really need to know you can look it up on Google. The important thing about the giant sea snail, in this story, is it only has twenty thousand brain cells instead of a human’s gozillion brain cells so they can easily see what happens to it’s brain when they teach it things. They didn’t teach it much,I don’t suppose sea snails are up for learing much with only twenty thousand brain cells, but they taught it that if they stuck their finger in its neck and they would then give it an electric shock in the tail. the sea snail didn’t take long to learn this trick and when they put their finger in its neck it got its tail out of the way pretty damn quick. The good doctor worked out that the snail made some seatonin and joined up some of its brain cells to produce either a long or short term memory to get its tail out of the way quickly.
There are only two things you can teach a snail, that, and give it a chocolate biscuit when it wags its tail. The artiistic bit about this is that abstract painters use reductive techniques to produce their work, no they don’t poke snails in the neck or mess about with electricity in the bathroom. They leave out one or more of the basic elements of a painting such as line,form, tone or colour so they can study what remains nore intently.
The good doctor is a very learned man and teaches lots of things, I knew Arnold Shoenburg was the composer who inspired Kandinsky to paint abstractly but I never knew he was also a painter and produced the world’s first abstract painting in 1909. It is a very good abstract painting but the reason I didn’t know it was the first abstract painting was because it isn’t. As we both know Hilma af Klimt produced the first abstract painting in Sweden some years before that and the word was spread back to France and Germany by dear old Rudolf Stiener the Theosophist. I wrote about this before when I went to Hilma’s exhibition so if you are interested enough you can read it at; https://mickosthehat.wordpress.com/category/gallery-visits-2/hilma-af-klint-study-visit/
I have been listening to Schoen berg as I wrote and it is now time to close my eyes and let my synaesthesia take me to new hieghts.
Good night Darling