July, 2015

  • Inspiration

    Nicolas Poussin, Stormy Landscape with Pyramus and Thisbe (detail of the darkly luxuriant tree on the left) Neural circuits and systems.Transverse sections through the anterior regions of the ventral ganglion


    Stormy Landscape with Pyramus and Thisbe. Poussin told a friend that the aim of art is "delectation".  We know a good deal about Poussin's ideas about painting from his letters to friends and collectors, and there is no question that the complexity of his ambitions can be daunting. Delectation  is precisely what comes to mind as you engage with these astonishing paintings.  The painting is about our struggles to understand what we feel, to objectify the subjectivity of our experience.


    The basic neuronal function of sending signals to other cells includes a capability for neurons to exchange signals with each other. Networks formed by interconnected groups of neurons are capable of a wide variety of functions, including feature detection, pattern generation and timing, and there are seen to be countless types of information processing possible.