Monthly Archives: May 2012

2012-05-25—MUSIC AND EMOTION

For most people music is the art form that is most immediately and profoundly moving. Our brains seem to have circuitry for appreciating music that is lacking in every other species. Music is complex and abstract and uses the most … Continue reading

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2012-05-18—COSMOLOGICAL VISIONS

Artists and poets have always been inspired by the starry heavens. Now science is making visible more and more of the awe-inspiring cosmos and giving us a new perspective on our place in the universe. Here are three astoundingly beautiful … Continue reading

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2012-05-11—REDEFINING CREATIVITY

Creativity is one of the words for which there are so many different individual definitions that it is difficult to have any reasonable discourse about it.  Yet it is a word for something profoundly important.  Here are three talks on … Continue reading

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2012-05-04—THE POWER OF CARTOONS

Humour is the last refuge of freedom of expression in an increasingly censorial and litigious world.  And the double whammy of an image with pithy text is one of the most effective ways of speaking one’s mind safely.  Cartoonists are … Continue reading

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