A book on art and aesthetic experience.

Some of the questions this book will address are: Why did humans evolve a love for art when that has no apparent survival value? What happens in the brain when we have an aesthetic experience? Why is it so difficult to come up with a definition of art that fits all artworks? Why is it so difficult to describe what makes a work of art good or bad? Why can’t we agree on whether x or y is a better artwork?

Parthenon frieze, British Museum

A book on self-deception.

My plan here is to apply the theory of responsibility contained in Responsible Brains to attempt to discern whether we should hold people responsible for self-deceiving. After all, they may not be aware they are doing it. On the other hand, their self-deceptions may cause harm. I will also address the role that the brain’s executive processes play in self-deception.