Science and Art


Greg Dunn– a neuroscience PhD from Upenn and an artist passionate about Japanese minimalist scrolls

“The tremendous knot of cells when connected in a certain way gives rise to a strange sense of “I” that is able to ponder and learn things about its environment.” He continued, “It is an utter miracle, and is at the root of why we are conscious beings able to appreciate this world and all of its beauty. How can you not love it?!”

Beyond the Horizon

This painting is of the developing cerebral cortex, at about week 15 of human gestation.

Two Pyramidals

Pyramidal cells are a type of neuron found in the brain that integrate information received from their dendrites (branching at the bottom of the cell), process it, and transmit it to other cells through its axon (large branch emerging from the cell going upwards).

10_two pyramidals

Cortex in Metallic Pastels

This painting is of the layered structure of the cerebral cortex of the human brain.

7:25-8:30…..entire clip is good: #2


“Almost all Nobel laureates in the sciences are actively engaged in arts as adults. They are twenty-five times as likely as average scientist to sing, dance, or act; seventeen times as likely to be an artist; twelve times more likely to write poetry and literature; eight times more likely to do woodworking or some other craft; four times as likely to be a musician; and twice as likely to be a photographer.”Bob Root-Bernstein, Ph. D., physiologist and MacArthur Fellow.


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