Beau Lotto and Cirque du Soleil: How we experience awe -- and why it matters
બેઉ લોટો અને સરકયુ ડયુ સોલેઇલ: કઈ રીતે અનુભવી એ છીએ અથવા શા માટે તે મુદો્ છે
Beau Lotto is founder of Lottolab, a hybrid art studio and science lab. With glowing, interactive sculpture -- and old-fashioned peer-reviewed research--he's illuminating the mysteries of the brain's visual system. Full bio Cirque du Soleil - Circus arts entertainers
Based in Montreal, the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is a world leader in live entertainment. Full bio
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what's going to happen, from here.
we're going to start with:
I want to show you.
in the next 14 minutes.
a piece of Strauss together.
Ready, one, two, three!
"Also Sprach Zarathustra")
just before he'd go to bed,
would think, "Argh."
and hit the final note to the chord
leads us to thinking about:
growing up, even now?
dying was easy during evolution.
is by encoding the bias and assumptions
just don't stay inside your brain.
onto the screen.
is literally meaningless.
and projecting it onto me.
is true for other people.
their "what" and their "when,"
based on our biases and our experience.
always about decreasing uncertainty.
physiologically and mentally.
will start deteriorating.
almost too often.
you become more conservative.
you become more liberal.
that our brain evolved to avoid;
that we go to this place
at some level or another, awe.
inside your brain right now?
and experiencing awe,
what is it and what does it do,
the wonderful opportunity and the pleasure
creators of awe that we know:
the directors, the accountants,
the brain activity of people
the behavior before the performance,
after the performance.
inside your brain right now?
the prefrontal cortex,
for your executive function,
the DMN, default mode network,
between multiple areas in your brain,
of divergent thinking and daydreaming,
prefrontal cortex is changing.
in its activity,
when people step forward into the world,
of all these people was so correlated
an artificial neural network
people are experiencing awe
Haidt and Keltner,
but connected to the world.
affinity towards others.
for cognitive control.
without having closure.
for risk also increases.
and they are better able at taking it.
was really quite profound
to experience awe?"
to give a positive response
than they were [before].
and their history.
that is bigger than us.
to overcome our cowardice.
in our society at the moment.
ends of the same line.
and to shift you towards me.
exactly the same.
and shift me towards you.
to win but not learn.
not to get rid of conflict --
conflict is how your brain expands,
in a different way?
enable us to enter it
and courage to not know.
with a question instead of an answer.
with uncertainty instead of certainty.
in entering conflict that way,
rather than convince.
to themselves, right?
we could use art-induced awe
generated by art.
to be found in the grandeur.
the mountains, the sunscape.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERSBeau Lotto - Neuroscientist, Artist
Beau Lotto is founder of Lottolab, a hybrid art studio and science lab. With glowing, interactive sculpture -- and old-fashioned peer-reviewed research--he's illuminating the mysteries of the brain's visual system.
Why you should listen
"Let there be perception," was evolution's proclamation, and so it was that all creatures, from honeybees to humans, came to see the world not as it is, but as was most useful. This uncomfortable place--where what an organism's brain sees diverges from what is actually out there--is what Beau Lotto and his team at Lottolab are exploring through their dazzling art-sci experiments and public illusions. Their Bee Matrix installation, for example, places a live bee in a transparent enclosure where gallerygoers may watch it seek nectar in a virtual meadow of luminous Plexiglas flowers. (Bees, Lotto will tell you, see colors much like we humans do.) The data captured isn't just discarded, either: it's put to good use in probing scientific papers, and sometimes in more exhibits.
At their home in London’s Science Museum, the lab holds "synesthetic workshops" where kids and adults make abstract paintings that computers interpret into music, and they host regular Lates--evenings of science, music and "mass experiments." Lotto is passionate about involving people from all walks of life in research on perception--both as subjects and as fellow researchers. One such program, called "i,scientist," in fact led to the publication of the first ever peer-reviewed scientific paper written by schoolchildren ("Blackawton Bees," December 2010). It starts, "Once upon a time ..."
These and Lotto's other conjurings are slowly, charmingly bending the science of perception--and our perceptions of what science can be.
Beau Lotto | Speaker | TED.com
Cirque du Soleil - Circus arts entertainers
Based in Montreal, the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is a world leader in live entertainment.
Why you should listen
On top of producing world-renowned circus arts shows, the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group brings its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms, such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. It currently has 4,500 employees from nearly 70 countries. Going beyond its various creations, the organization aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art.
Cirque du Soleil | Speaker | TED.com