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Leonardos Brain ➮ [Read] ➪ Leonardos Brain By Leonard Shlain ➺ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Best selling author Leonard Shlain explores the potential for humankind through the life art and mind of the first true Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci The author hypothesizes that da Vinci’s stag Best selling author Leonard Shlain explores the potential for humankind through the life art and mind of the first true Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci The author hypothesizes that da Vinci’s staggering range of achievements demonstrates a harbinger of the future of our species Da Vinci’s innovations as an artist scientist and inventor are recast through a modern lens with Shlain applying contemporary neuroscience to illuminate da Vinci’s creative process No other person in human history has excelled in so many areas of innovation Shlain reveals the how and the whyShlain theorizes that Leonardo’s extraordinary mind came from a uniuely developed and integrated right and left brain and he offers a model for how we too can evolve Using past and current research Leonardo’s Brain presents da Vinci as the focal point for a fresh exploration of human creativity With his lucid style and remarkable ability to discern connections among a wide range of fields Shlain brings the reader into the world of history’s greatest mind .


10 thoughts on “Leonardos Brain

  1. Eric Eric says:

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First ReadsLeonardo's Brain Understanding da Vinci's Creative Genius opens in perhaps the saddest way In the Note to Reader the author's children inform us how Leonard Shlain while in the middle of writing this book was diagnosed with cancer He finished the book on on May 3rd and died eight days later It makes you appreciate the creative drive and passion Shlain had that even faced with a terminal disease he was determined to finish this workAfter this opening I was excited to read the book Both Shlain's approach a view of Leonardo da Vinci's creative output through the lens of modern brain science and his obvious enthusiasm for da Vinci piued my interest I have to admit though that I found the book underwhelming and lacking in focus and coherence Reading it felt like there were two books unhappily merged together one is a book about Leonardo da Vinci's creativity the other is a book about brain science Neither handles their topic in depth and the times the two crossover feels either forced or inadeuate Sometimes the main focus da Vinci himself gets lost in tangential explanation For example da Vinci is not mentioned once in Chapter 13 EmotionsMemory and is of a footnote in Chapter 14 Space and TimeSpace TimeShlain's main argument that we can discern the type of brain Leonardo da Vinci possessed based on certain characteristics is tenuous at best and facetious at worst He uses da Vinci's left handedness his interest in art and science and his homosexuality to make decisions about how active Leonardo's brain was But it never feels convincing; rather it sounds like two sets of discrete facts that are held up and some arbitrary connection is created I appreciate that Shlain was a very well respected brain scientist and could authoritatively comment on these matters I'm just not sure the book conveys that authority Sometimes very odd things are stated as established fact For example in Chapter 16 Leonardo's Brain where Shlain is explaining the evolutionary advantage of certain characteristics he says that bald hunters in primitive times would be better able to stalk and confuse game Why? There's no explanation for this and it feels like an odd attempt to justify his Theory of Eights that 8% oh males have certain traits like homosexuality left handedness and baldness Even this Theory of Eights comes off as a plug for his other books rather than explaining an aspect of da Vinci's creativityThis disjunction and oddness may be a function of Shlain's illness and having others complete the book for him resulting in a different text than he would have crafted but this is the book that exists and that I have to review I would not recommend this book to others


  2. Adam Adam says:

    I was enjoying this book until I got to chapter 15 that proposes that da Vinci might have had ESP powers and been a remote viewer The author is not a scientist and it shows with the pseudo scientific studies he cites for his claim that remote viewing exists That really killed my enjoyment of the book as it cast everything else the author had said about how the human brain works into doubt If his standards for what is accepted science are so low how can I trust that his standards for what we know about the brain are any better?I read books like this one to learn interesting things about my world and the people in it Rather then spend my time fact checking every other claim I rather go read something which cites believable sources


  3. Emma Emma says:

    Disclaimer I received this book as part of a first reads giveawayThis book was well written and well researched Leonard Shlain definitely presents something for both those interested in modern science especially neuroscience and for the history buffs Although in a few places his argument seems a little stretched or simplified I have read some updated research about spatial brain functioning that may complicate his claims overall Shlain weaves a story that peaks the curiosity The first and last part of the books were the most intriguing to me which may simply be my own preferences towards subjects I find interesting but I would definitely recommend this book to friends Bravo


  4. Larry Angus Larry Angus says:

    Leonard Shlain is extremely popular but not that widely known His lectures were standing room only and his former books like Art and Physics are amazing Yet this was his masterpiece as he worked on it for years As a brain surgeon he knew what he was writing about as he studied Leonardo as no one before His argument that Leonardo was the most brilliant human yes ever makes probable sense when you begin to understand how whole brain thinking was the secret to his success talent and amazement For those who like to learn new things and also want to grow in one's own thinking this book is a thriller Larry A Angus


  5. Eric Eric says:

    I wish the author had mentioned his theories about Leonardo having psychic powers earlier so I could have bailed on this book earlier


  6. Cullen Haynes Cullen Haynes says:

    Leonardo da Vinci possibly this world's greatest polymath is the focus of Leonard Shlain's one of a kind biography on this one of a kind man The focus what made his uniue brain work?Shlain explores the life art and mind of da Vinci seeking to explain what made his brain work by looking at his countless achievements in art science military strategy I know right psychology through the lens of modern scientific research to explain his revered genius What makes da Vinci so uniue is that no other person in human history has excelled in so many different areas as da Vinci importantly is the uestion how and why?Many of us know about the split between right and left brain hemispheres; left primarily controls our rational mind the right our emotions The biography looks at refining our comprehension between the split brain model and deepening our understanding of human nature and creativity In Shlain's book he argues that Leonardo was uniue in that his level of integration that he showed was unparalleledOne of the most compelling features of the book is Shlain's exploration of the uestion do the ualities of Leonardo's brain and his creativity presage the future evolution of man?On that note I'll leave you to enjoy the rest of your weekendHappy readingCPH#ReaderLeaders #Books #Reading #CullenPHaynes #Readers


  7. J.S. J.S. says:

    Anything you or anyone else can do Leo can do betterLeonardo da Vinci died nearly 500 years ago yet Leonard Shlain attempts to examine his thinking through what is known of him and what art and writings he left behind against the backdrop of current left brainright brain science Da Vinci is represented as the greatest and brightest artist that ever lived In addition his scientific thoughts and notes were far in advance of anything anyone else had ever thought of at the time One uote from page 58 is very typical of the recurrent theme of the bookMonet strove to capture on canvas the evanescent moment of his first impression and critics dubbed his techniue Impressionism But should not Leonardo's 1473 sketch of the Tuscan countryside en plein air ualify as the first Impressionist work in Western art history? A full four hundred years earlier Leonardo had anticipated this great movement of art of the late nineteenth centuryWe are told repeatedly that Leonardo anticipated nearly every artistic movement or scientific thought that subseuently happened No one did anything that Leonardo didn't think of first And it may be true I don't know enough about him to confirm or dispute but it certainly didn't make for interesting reading Especially since all these accomplishments are rarely explained in any kind of depth that would keep you from having to look to a real biography to get detail and understandingBy the end of the book Shlain explains his hypothesis I realize that what I'm about to make is a highly speculative claim bordering on the 'woo woo' by explaining that Leonardo had ESP and an exceptionally advanced ability to see and comprehend the space time continuum and there is some superficial discussion of uantum physics But by this point he'd mostly lost me and I had to skim some sections just to finishI really wanted to like this book It starts out with a letter from his three children explaining the end of their father's life and how he drove himself to finish the book just days before he passed away There's also a letter from Shlain himself talking about his diagnosis and illness and these primed me to sympathize with the family and hope for a reading experience that would be both enlightening and inspiring But perhaps because of the rush to finish the book it comes off with a very 'stream of consciousness' feel to it uite well written but still I had really hoped to learn something here but it was a disappointing experience I received a free copy of this book from the GoodReads FirstReads program


  8. Vicki Gibson Vicki Gibson says:

    My book club decided to give people a choice of this book Leonardo's Brain and Walter Isaacson's Leonardo Da Vinci I decided to read both which was an interesting exercise This book was okay barely In the preface we learn that in the middle of writing this book the author was diagnosed with terminal cancer He died just eight days after finishing it Kudos for him for having the persistence to finish I feel kind of bad giving this such a low rating but I'm trying to be honest I wonder if the book might have been better if he'd had time or rounds of editing I didn't particularly like the style The way it was constructed felt kind of higgledy piggledy There are chapters about Leonardo and his life and some chapters about brain science and a few other topics like spacetime remote viewing and ESP The connection between these topics are not knitted together very well I found it interesting that Leonardo rejected religion basing all of his observations on science and yet this book has uite a bit of nonscience based woo woo stuff in it What would Leonardo think? If you're looking for a good Da Vinci biography I would highly recommend Walter Isaacson's Leonardo da Vinci instead of this book


  9. Heidi The Reader Heidi The Reader says:

    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads FTC guidelines checkLeonard Schlain has written a comprehensive tome that looks at Leonardo da Vinci from the perspective of a brain surgeon and neuroscientist This book is as complicated as the man it examines being part informational art history part biological treatise and part evolutionary speculationI learned uite a lot from this I knew that Leonardo was renowned for his artwork but I didn't know the extent of his inventions map making skills or observations about nature Chapters 11 and 12 of Leonardo's Brain were particularly stunning both being paragraph after paragraph of scientists who were credited with the discovery of phenomena or creation of machines and then evidence of Leonardo having created or hypothesized the same thing centuries priorSchlain's idea that Leonardo was capable of remote viewing was also a new idea that I haven't ever considered If we are all able to remote view as creators of the process have claimed that we are then it makes sense that one of the most well rounded brain function wise men in history would be able to utilize this skill though he may not have had words to describe what he was doing FascinatingFar from being another dull intelligentsia's homage to Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo's Brain is an approachable and uniue study of a mysterious and accomplished historical figure who may just represent the future of humankind Fans of art science and everything inbetween will find something to enjoy in Leonardo's Brain


  10. Cody Sexton Cody Sexton says:

    Seemed like the author talked about everything but Leonardo's brain


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