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Ralph Windle’s Blog on Science & The Arts

is about some big, interconnected issues:-

The long-running Arts / Science / Two cultures Debate. Why the old clichés have to STOP...

How Creative Synthesis - the bringing together of separated (Arts/Science?) modes of thought is now top-priority for Innovation...

Welcome to the Creative Value Network

 

“Every brilliant experiment, like every great work of art, starts with an act of imagination” - ‘Proust Was A Neuroscientist’ Jonah Lehrer, New York 2007

In the year 2000, a group of activists who shared this proposition, formed the Creative Value Network (CVN). They were determined to move on from the going-nowhere “Two Cultures” debate (over 40 years old) to a more proactive programme of ideas exchange and creative dialogue between the professional arts, science and technology communities.

Within a year, the Council for Science and Technology’s report ‘Imagination and Understanding’ (2001) had confirmed the economic necessity for such interaction. By end 2001, and totally from its own resources, CVN had created a remarkable and expanding network of enthusiasts from the science, engineering, theatre, music, arts and media communities.

Formidable intellectual impetus was also coming from major developments in the neurosciences confirming earlier hypotheses (e.g. Koestler “The Act of Creation) that creative synthesis was the product of “the sudden interlocking of two previously unrelated skills or matrices of thought.” The above quote (from Jonah Lehrer’s brilliant “Proust Was A Neuroscientist” 2007) has further under-pinned CVN’s inter-disciplinary creative initiative.

As with many innovative projects which challenge official orthodoxy and conventional structures, tangible support and funding have so far lagged behind the rhetoric of praise for CVN’s initiative (see ‘Archive’ below). Yet we are clearly winning the battle of ideas and invite you in to join the dialogue and become part of the action to come.

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