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The Mind of a Scientist = The Mind of an Artist??

Lawrence T. Gurley lgurley at ix.netcom.com
Tue Jan 14 04:07:29 EST 1997


(My second or third post to this NG...)

You would probably find the book, "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a
Hat" interesting.  Case studies challenging the left-brain right-brain
dichotomy.

chale at SAGE.NRRI.UMN.EDU ("Cindy Hale") 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.

>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 seems to me that science and art are very similar processes and that our 
>brains are doing very similar things.

>So what do you all think?

>Cindy Hale

Lawrence T. Gurley
Mathematics and Computer Information Systems
Merritt College
Oakland, CA 
lgurley at ix.netcom.com, lgurley at merritt.edu




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