How does the activity of the 100 billion little wisps of protoplasm
- the neurons in your brain - give rise to all the richness of our
conscious experience, including the "redness" of red,
the painfulness of pain or the exquisite flavour of Marmite or Vindaloo?
Professor Ramachandran draws on neurological case studies and work
from ethology (animal behavior) to present a new framework for understanding
how the brain creates and responds to art. He will use examples
mainly from Indian art and Cubism to illustrate these ideas.
Professor Ramachandran demonstrates experimentally that the phenomenon
of synesthaesia is a genuine sensory effect. For example, some subjects
literally "see" red every time they see the number 5 or
green when they see 2.