Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Creative Activities - The Foundation for Science

I just read an article on Psychology Today's blog (thanks for the link titled A Missing Piece in the Economic Stimulus: Hobbling Arts Hobbles Innovation.

I was amazed to read about all the inventors and scientists who were artists. Artists helped create privacy for cell phones, computer screens, camoflauge, pacemakers, music therapy, bridges, telegraphs, steam ships, and even the telephone.

And check out their research regarding Nobel laureates, who are some of the most intelligent people around us:

Almost all Nobel laureates in the sciences actively engage in arts as adults.
They are twenty-five times as likely as the average scientist to sing, dance, or act;
seventeen times as likely to be a visual artist;
twelve times more likely to write poetry and literature;
eight times more likely to do woodworking or some other craft;
four times as likely to be a musician; and
twice as likely to be a photographer.

Nobel prizewinning physicist Max Planck words: "The creative scientist needs an artistic imagination."

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