Neuropolitics: Thinking, Culture, Speed

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U of Minnesota Press, 2002 - Political Science - 218 pages
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Why would a political theorist venture into the nexus between neuroscience and film? According to William Connolly -- whose new book is itself an eloquent answer -- the combination exposes the ubiquitous role that technique plays in thinking, ethics, and politics. By taking up recent research in neuroscience to explore the way brain activity is influenced by cultural conditions and stimuli such as film technique, Connolly is able to fashion a new perspective on our attempts to negotiate -- and thrive -- within a deeply pluralized society whose culture and economy continue to quicken.

In Neuropolitics Connolly draws upon recent brain/body research to explore the creative potential of thinking, the layered character of culture, the cultivation of ethical sensibilities, and the critical role of technique in all three. He then shows how a series of films -- including Vertigo, Five Easy Pieces, and Citizen Kane -- enhances our appreciation of technique and contests the linear image of time now prevalent in cultural theory.

Connolly deftly brings these themes together to support an ethos of deep pluralism within the democratic state and a politics of citizen activism across states. His book is an original and rigorous study that attends to the creative possibilities of thinking in identity, culture, and ethics.


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Terrible book bordering on academic riff-raff. Written purely for the purpose of taking up space, this author does little to enhance our knowledge of how speed affects the political environment. His responses to Wolin are contrived and signal no original thinking, but rather employ round-about reasoning to poorly justified arguments through the use of generic statements. I am regretting ever having wasted a second reading this book. Weak treatment of politics and time. Not worth the paper it was printed on.
Terrible book. 0/5

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User Review  - Amai Freeman - Goodreads

Very intriguing but a tad off point. I felt this book was more a fusion of philosophy and film with some basic conceptions of neuroscience. Read full review


Preface x
The BodyBrainCulture Network i
Chapter2 The Color of Perception 22
Chapter3 Nature Affect Thinking
Chapter4 Techniques of Thought and Micropolitics
Chapter7 Eccentric Flows and Cosmopolitan Culture

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About the author (2002)

William E. Connolly is editor of Political Theory and Professor of Political Science at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. His books include The Terms of Political Discourse (1974, second edition 1983), Appearance and Reality in Politics (1981) and Politics and Ambiguity (1987), and he co-edits with Steven Lukes the series Readings in Social and Political Theory (published by Basil Blackwell and New York University Press).

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