The Mind of a Scientist = The Mind of an Artist??
ravena at cco.caltech.edu
Wed Jan 8 15:45:36 EST 1997
In article <42831.chale at sage.nrri.umn.edu>,
Cindy Hale <chale at SAGE.NRRI.UMN.EDU> wrote:
>Chris Odt Wrote " I am an artist in my other life,"...
>I am also and artist/biologist and there are a very large number (seems to
>me) of my biological friends who are also artists. Further, my artist
>friends have great interest in biology as well.
I used to write science fiction, although I haven't in quite a while
(at least I hope my publications are science fact, not science fiction).
Actually, my userid, ravena, is a character in a story I wrote several
years ago. I also play the violin--do music and writing count as "art?"
I think there's been a lot of connection between, at least, medicine
and art historically. Anton Chekov was a doctor and a writer. In
orchestra we recently played Borodin's second symphony, and the
conductor told us that Borodin was also a biochemist and on the faculty
of a medical school in Russia. Interestingly, he was also apparently
instrumental (so to speak) in getting women admitted to the medical
>It makes me wonder about this left right brain stuff. Supposedly the right
>brain is the "artistic" side and the left the "analytical" so the more
>scientific. But science is very creative in practice. You need to be
>able to visualize and make sense of things in a very abstract way many
>times. Great artists/musicians/etc. have an understanding of their
>media which is very detailed and meticulous which gives them the ability to
>DO what they want with it. This seems more "left brainish" to me.
I have never felt the "right brain/left brain" stuff was very meaningful
to me in my own case. I have found that conscious mind/unconscious mind
is more useful, or, "self 1" vs. "self 2", a distinction that was
described in the book _The Inner Game of Music_.
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