In art, possible worlds

SEED editor Jonah Lehrer, who will be at the IdeaFestival in September, is an editor and publishes regularly in SEED. His piece, "is the future of science, art?" suggests that in some sense art precedes science because every reality found in the world of law must first emerge from the world of possibility, whether that possibility is suggested in paint, dance, theater, song or experience.

And unlike the use of the natural and symbolic languages, which are tools to exposit and hold reality at a manageable distance, experience and, with some additional effort, introspection, confront all of what's real, all at once. Art holds out possible worlds and realities from which to choose - and, I might add, toward which to walk. Imagine that.

Kris, Proust Was a Neuroscientist is on order.