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By Anonym 14 Sep

Semir Zeki

Perhaps there is a minimum distance that should separate one exhibit from another... Indeed those specialized in psychophysics have actually come up with some rules.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Semir Zeki

The Japanese, if I understand them, are masters of the unsaid and the unstated, of subtlety and ambiguity, all of which constitute powerful stimulants to the imagination.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Semir Zeki

I can really recommend a beautifully but sparsely furnished room with empty walls!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Semir Zeki

Most artists, or at least most of the ones I know, deny having a philosophical outlook that they try to translate into their works. Some had thought of the work of Cezanne and others as being a 'painted epistemology.' But Cezanne himself denied this and Daniel-Henri Kahnwiler, the art critic and art dealer, insisted that none of the many painters he had known had a philosophical culture.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Semir Zeki

I gather that the dopaminergic system in the reward centres of the brain respond even more vigorously to the expectation of reward than to reward itself. Hence, perhaps, the disappointment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Semir Zeki

I view all art as an effort to translate brain concepts into a work. These brain concepts are synthetic ones - the result of many experiences. But a single work of art, or even a series of works, more often than not cannot translate these synthetic concepts adequately. Yves Saint Laurent once said that he suffered greatly when creating. He is not alone in that. Most artists do the same and say as much.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Semir Zeki

The reaction was immediate. The blood flow was in proportion to how much the painting was liked.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Semir Zeki

Just let the artist sign an empty canvas or a frame, with the inscription, 'I had such and such a concept in mind' for this work. The artist then need not bother with producing the work, and therefore need not be worried about being dis-satisfied. All he or she needs to do is to sell it to a collector. The collector will have the guarantee that the artist thought about the work, even if momentarily, and therefore be satisfied.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Semir Zeki

Why does not the brain adapt to repeated exposure and become indifferent, instead of satisfied?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Semir Zeki

I always expect the worst from this evil and wicked world and am often pleasantly surprised when the worst does not come to pass, but never or rarely surprised or upset when it does.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Semir Zeki

The female brain may confer distinctive economic advantages, to the benefit of all, and we should, therefore, pursue seriously having equal numbers of women in topic economic and financial posts. If we persist in having unequal numbers, then we should advantage the women and have a smaller percentage of men.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Semir Zeki

Fa parte della nostra natura biologica innamorarci, e di solito lo facciamo persino con la persona più improbabile o magari meno socialmente accettabile. La gente penserà magari che il nostro amato è pieno di difetti, ma a noi sembra perfetto. Questa sospensione del giudizio nelle faccende di cuore è comune al punto che non è irragionevole ipotizzare che abbia un solido fondamento neurobiologico. Sebbene l'amore appaia a volte nomade e irrazionale, ci sono validi e razionali fondamenti biologici di questa irrazionalità. […] Combattere contro l'amore vuol dire combattere contro la biologia, una battaglia da cui a lungo termine nessuno è uscito vincitore. Resistere all'amore è vano, come molti innamorati hanno scoperto. Le barriere che erigiamo contro di esso non hanno mai sradicato il sentimento, come hanno scoperto leader religiosi e famiglie ortodosse di ogni fede quando hanno voluto impedire ai figli di formare legami disapprovati.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Semir Zeki

Artists erase reality to a greater or lesser extent, and substitute their own reality - created by their brains, instead.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Semir Zeki

Apparently, a cleaner at Tate Britain... threw out a bag of rubbish, accidentally we are told, that was part of an exhibition supposedly emphasizing 'the finite existence of art'... The cleaner evidently had no time to question the relationship of his or her being to the rubbish bag, and reached the right conclusion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Semir Zeki

As soon as your brain starts telling you that you can't have a tree that is blue then you stop being able to paint trees.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Semir Zeki

No one would want to pay a penny for an empty canvas by me. But it would be quite another if the empty canvas were signed by a great artist. I would be surprised if an empty canvas by Picasso or Matisse signed and inscribed with the words, 'I wanted to paint such and such on this canvas, but did not do so,' would not fetch thousands... After all, with an empty canvas, the possibilities are limitless, and so perhaps is the cash.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Semir Zeki

In the fight between biology and morality, biology has commonly won in the end.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Semir Zeki

Self-censorship, whether known or unknown, is an unwelcome brake on creativity; it stifles self-expression and hence prevents a work from reaching the heights of great art.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Semir Zeki

I have the strong suspicion that when the brain's greed system is in operation, those parts of the brain that regulate ethical conduct are de-activated. Perhaps the greater the amount of money to be made, the greater the deactivation of the system that regulates ethical behaviour.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Semir Zeki

What is creative is the seeking of perfection - and not attaining it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Semir Zeki

Any artistic achievement that is tailored to conform to social demands rather than to the real, uninhibited, feelings of its creator, is destined not to reach the heights of achievement, or even fail. It is only when an artist is dis-inhibited that he or she can reach the heights of artistic achievement.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Semir Zeki

When politicians deny anything fiercely, there is a good chance that it will happen.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Semir Zeki

Laughter is very infectious, and why it should be so is a most interesting neurological problem. But it also has other, more physiological, benefits. Apparently it boosts the immune system, reduces stress hormones, massages the heart and diaphragm and engenders a 'feel good' factor.