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The Aesthetic BrainHow We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art$
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Anjan Chatterjee, MD

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811809

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.001.0001

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How the brain works

How the brain works

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(p.24) Chapter 5 How the brain works
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The Aesthetic Brain
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Anjan Chatterjee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.003.0005

The brain is an amazing organ. As a machine, it operates on about 25 watts of power and yet it can do all the incredible things that we do. There is no thought or fantasy or idea or emotion that does not play out in the brain. The brain has a hundred billion nerve cells with a hundred trillion connections. It is easily the most complex organ in the body. How can we possibly understand something so complex?

Keywords:   brain, complex, organ, emotion, thought

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