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N.E.R.D and Neuroscience

Pharrell Williams (from the hip-hop group N.E.R.D) and Dr. V.S. Ramachandran (Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of California, San Diego) discuss the intersection between art and science with Dimitri Ehrlich in Interview Magazine.

Covering synesthesia, an exploration of the creative process, the effects of music on the brain, the rock star qualities of Carl Sagan, and Buddha, Williams is certain that no one ever really dies.

On watching Williams in the studio, Dr. Ramachandran comments: “Many layers of rhythm are superimposed on each other and become resonant with each other, and Pharrell’s brain is probably seeing colored landscapes when he hears these things.”

On the human ability to create a physical reality with imagination, Williams says, “Yeah, absolutely.  I mean, everything–the device that you’re speaking on right now was an idea.  Every piece of technology, every piece of art, basically everything manmade comes from an idea.”

Click here for the complete interview.


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