NEUROSCIENCE ART: Greg Dunn is a Neuroscience PhD student at U Penn and an artist in the style of Japanese minimalist scrolls. His artwork has been commissioned by research institutes and neuroscience societies (see tag on each image).
• The Brain Project: Greg Dunn explains, “The tremendous knot of cells when connected in a certain way gives rise to a strange sense of “I” that is able to ponder and learn things about its environment.” He continued, “It is an utter miracle, and is at the root of why we are conscious beings able to appreciate this world and all of its beauty. How can you not love it?!” We love it too, Greg!
• Follow his interview explaining the connection of neurons with Zen art: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/23/greg-dunn_n_1534366.html
Image Captions from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Neural-Stem-Cell-World-Community/162172547159356
3 things I love! Science, art, and Penn!
It’s funny that I got excited when I saw this and was like, “oh is that a neuron!” The things we get excited about 🙂
Are you from Penn, Robby Bowles ? I thought of Ramon Y Cajal’s “artwork” of neurons..
Rajini Rao undergrad at Penn in BE.
Wow, All the Music, ever to exist, in the past, right this instant, in the future, are all a by-product of these cells.
Neurons always make me ponder about themselves.
That’s one branch of Evolution, I’d be extremely interested to learn more about. When/where/How, was the first fully developed Neuron developed in ‘any’ living being.
Thank you for your introduction to Dōgen, Gnotic Pasta . I’m going to enjoy reading more…
Ravi Teja , neurons are cells specialized for communication. The earliest versions are seen in marine invertebrates like sea sponges. One can argue that even single celled protozoa display features similar to neurons. See: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/278/1707/914.full
thanks for the link..
I am going to google literally everything I don’t understand there.
I am mainly curious.
Rajini Rao love your image rich posts.
Following your directions, Johan Horak 😉
You are forcing me to confess to dirty secrets, Mahesh Sreekandath . I still peek into my FB account once a day 🙂
You have always excelled my friend. Can say I understand all…LOL. But like it? I do.
+ Metallica Fan with the obligatory goatee…Master of Puppets
I always screw up at the segue, or is it the interlude, my Neurons just give up..
Frankly, I just follow their advise.
Ravi Teja , have you met our resident metal head Mahesh Sreekandath ?
Indeed yes, Mahesh Sreekandath ..it is full of superconducting neurons, depicted in this art with gold, platinum and palladium leaf..so an appropos comment (rather than a thread jack).
Yup, just starting to make acquaintance,
I started off with Metallica(surprise!!) but then my Neurons told me, ‘dude, you do not eat enough to play Metal 24 hrs a day, it’s physically not possible’. But sometimes I ignore them totally.
So I just explore the fretboard, the weirder the chords sound, the better, these are times my Neurons basically enjoy themselves, and tell themselves they are awesome.
( I am just inserting the word ‘Neurons’ randomly, so that the post remains at least vaguely pertinent to the topic.)
You learn fast, Ravi Teja 😉 Just keep inserting key neuroscience words randomly and you will be allowed to get away with anything.
Rajini Rao Can I ask you a question?
Does the behavior of the Nervous system depend on the general condition of your entire body?
What I am trying to ask is, how can I NOT screw up their performance? More specifically, does Insomnia affect the System? How can I tell If I am making them Neurons work over-time? I am not even sure If I am making sense. I guess I can find out myself, but since we are on the topic…
Cool stuff Bro..Internet- BroFist.
Ravi Teja , certainly the functioning of neurons is very dependent on your body…they rely on glucose as a source of energy (so you need to eat well), and they are very sensitive to all kinds of drugs that act on neuronal channels and receptors (caffeine, for example). I guess you need to live a good life to have your neurons functioning optimally 😉
got to cut down on Mountain Dew.
Rajini Rao awesome!
Rajini Rao It really seems that we share our love for scientific images. I always was wondering, if one could make a bit more out of it. The quality of these images is in many cases superior of what many 1st class galleries are presenting. A few art projects using this images have already been done. However, there is still great potential. MIT media lab is doing some great work in this direction: Neri Oxman: On Designing Form, Video,”Architect Neri Oxman is the founder of MATERIALECOLOGY, an interdisciplinary design initiative expanding the boundaries of computational form-generation and material engineering. Named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” Oxman investigates the material and performance of nature in an effort to define form itself.” http://bit.ly/JrrV2c Any ideas for a project?
Miraculous stuff. Nice gallery, Rajini. You’re my dendrites’ favorite Plusser!
My axons got excited by your nice compliment, Laurence Hubbard 🙂
Seriously, you guys, this is getting weird…
Why, Ravi Teja ? The technical term for firing action potentials in axons is known as excitation.
Powerful art post. Thank you Rajini Rao
Fractals are everywhere in nature. I have a theory that even the placement of stars within galaxies is fractal.
Thank you for sharing! Beautiful!
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