Antonio Damasio described Nora Arikha as “a poet and a painter with the soul of a scientist.” Our conversation is informed by psychology and neuroscience. It is grounded in the firm intention to pay attention to the embodied quality of our experience and the context in which it emerges.
Noga Arikha is a philosopher and historian of ideas. Her The Ceiling Outside: The Science and Experience of the Disrupted Mind, was published by Basic Books (UK & US) in Spring 2022. Neuroscientist Vittorio Gallese called this book “a moving journey to the roots of the self, which uniquely combines the author’s deep knowledge of its neuropsychological foundations with a touching humanistic sensibility.” She is also the author of Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours (2007). She is an associate fellow of the Warburg Institute and an honorary fellow of the Center for the Politics of Feelings, London, and a research associate at the Institut Jean Nicod, Paris. She is currently based in Florence, Italy. See website.
Published July 2022