Semir Zeki Quotes

Self-censorship whether known or unknown is an unwelcome brake on creativity; it stifles self-expression and hence prevents a work from reaching the heights of great art.

What is creative is the seeking of perfection - and not attaining it.

Why does not the brain adapt to repeated exposure and become indifferent instead of satisfied?

The Japanese if I understand them are masters of the unsaid and the unstated of subtlety and ambiguity all of which constitute powerful stimulants to the imagination.

In the fight between biology and morality biology has commonly won in the end.

Artists erase reality to a greater or lesser extent and substitute their own reality - created by their brains instead.

I can really recommend a beautifully but sparsely furnished room with empty walls!

When politicians deny anything fiercely there is a good chance that it will happen.

I gather that the dopaminergic system in the reward centres of the brain respond even more vigorously to the expectation of reward than to reward itself. Hence perhaps the disappointment.

Perhaps there is a minimum distance that should separate one exhibit from another... Indeed those specialized in psychophysics have actually come up with some rules.

The reaction was immediate. The blood flow was in proportion to how much the painting was liked.

I always expect the worst from this evil and wicked world and am often pleasantly surprised when the worst does not come to pass but never or rarely surprised or upset when it does.

As soon as your brain starts telling you that you can't have a tree that is blue then you stop being able to paint trees.