As Projections completes its fifth year, I offer a timely summary of the journal’s origins, history, and its goals up until the present time. Such a discussion also seems appropriate because this issue is the last to be guided by the present editor. Five years ago we had a good idea. A remarkable transition was taking place in our culture. Although the most influential ideas during much of the last century seemed to be coming from the humanities and social sciences, much of our intellectual life was now shifting to the sciences—so much of our thinking, of our Weltanschauung was now being shaped by the remarkable insights that were coming from psychologists, neuroscientists, biologists, evolutionists. A number of us were interested in the relationship between film and mind—to understand film one had to understand the mind, the brain, the consciousness that perceived and processed the images and sound, and the minds that created them; and if film was the most cerebral of the art forms, it was the one that could most benefit from the new insights about the mind that were coming out of the sciences and the one most useful in extending our knowledge of these disciplines. We wanted to see if it were possible to bring together the humanities and sciences in a single journal to better understand what had become the world’s major art form.
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