I’ve just finished reading one of Sir Ken Robinson’s books, Out of Our Minds. You may have noticed that I’ve been posting quotes from each chapter of the book; this is mainly for me to quickly reread when the inspiration is rather lacking.
For anyone who has ever found a lack of satisfaction with the way the world views creativity, this book is for you. Robinson’s insights on the nature of creativity and learning in personal, educational, and corporate environments are invaluable to anyone seeking to improve the creative outlooks of both themselves and the people around them. We all have the potential to be creative in our own unique way, and the world of tomorrow can only be realized when we all learn to unlock this potential.
The relationship of the arts and the sciences is heavily discussed in this book, a topic that I find particularly interesting. Academics over the past century has certainly illusioned us with respect to this relationship, placing science and other ‘academic’ disciplines on a pedestal while casting the arts out as extraneous forms of expression; what everyone must realize is that the two areas of study are intimately related, and that both sides inform each other in crucial ways.
Cultural and technological progress are not separate things. In fact, I am of the opinion that neither is possible without the other. Engineers and scientists cannot afford to remove themselves so far from the very thing that gives humans their special place in the world: emotion and feeling. Humans are more than just science, and to forget this simple fact would be a dire mistake. Science is itself a form of expression; art is a way of understanding the world. Rather than place one above the other, we must come to appreciate how these two can come together to create a unique and truly enlightened perspective.