Ever since the romantic poet John Keats accused Newton of trying to unweave the rainbow in his poem Lamia, science and poetry have lost a common tongue. Listen to this wonderful podcast from ABC Radio National's Big Ideas Programmes entitled Weaving the Rainbow: The Poet and The Scientist Speak as two of Australia's leading cultural icons, Barry Jones and Les Murray discuss and share views on how science and arts might regain a shared language for wonder.
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Below is an excerpt from the editorial of the latest Journal of Business Strategy Volume 31, Series 4 written by Harvey Seifter and Ted Buswick and at the bottom of this excerpt you will find Nick Nissley's article "Arts Based Learning at Work " that provides an excellent global overview of this emerging phenomena. For about 20 combined years, a large part of our professional energies and personal passions have been engaged by the use of artistic skills, processes and experiences as learning tools: in complex global corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, professional associations, universities, historical and cultural centers, government agencies, leadership academies, and non-profit organizations.
"Writing is like making love. Don't worry about the orgasm, just concentrate on the process." That useful advice, credited to author Isabel Allende, seems like a good introduction to the idea that how you make love has commonalities with your journey toward creative expression. Consider... 1. In both creative flow and sexual activity, you surrender control. "When I write, I feel out of control in a lovely way," a writer told me. "The analogy that comes to mind is sex: a heightening of senses, a rush, no concept of time, a dimming of the external world, an altered state in which creation is the unconscious though central intent." A popular novelist (Carolyn See) said it this way: "When I create, I'm not thinking. In a sense, you're better off not thinking about it. Like sex, you don't want to think, oh now we're in foreplay.
Artist Salvador Dali is known for his surreal paintings and eccentric personalit. Creativity is akin to insanity, say scientists who have been studying how the mind works. Brain scans reveal striking similarities in the thought pathways of highly creative people and those with schizophrenia. Both groups lack important receptors used to filter and direct thought. It could be this uninhibited processing that allows creative people to "think outside the box", say experts from Sweden's Karolinska Institute. In some people, it leads to mental illness.
Last month Edward Burtynsky featured as our visual artist and we had some great responses to his work. As a result, we decided to feature this wonderful video, made by Burtynsky and Yann Martel (author of Life of Pi) as an example of how art has the potential to make us look at climate change in a more connected way. Whether you are a climate change skeptic or not,these artists have found a way of expressing the cultural importance of the way we have created the world in which we live and in so doing ask the vital question - is this the type of progress we want and if not, how might we think about changing the outcome?