Advances in the sciences lead to explanations why we find music, film and paintings appealing. What ramifications might that have for the arts? Will the "magic" be lost? Is science the death-knell of genuine man-made beauty?
Twenty five PhD students gathered at Amsterdam University College to participate in CCCT and ASCoR organised summer school Reading Mediated Minds from mon July 11 to wed 13. See the programme here: http://ccct.uva.nl/content/ccct-summer-school-reading-mediated-minds Participants exchanged their research projects on forms of empathy in spectators of film, readers of literature, viewers of visuals and listeners of music. They also learned about new directions in neuroscience and text and image search engines that may be relevant for scaling up their analyses.