Encounter with Astronomers and Cosmologists Alan Macfarlane

ISBN: 9781500914073

Published: August 22nd 2014

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90 pages


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Encounter with Astronomers and Cosmologists  by  Alan Macfarlane

Encounter with Astronomers and Cosmologists by Alan Macfarlane
August 22nd 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 90 pages | ISBN: 9781500914073 | 5.13 Mb

There have been many autobiographical accounts of the creative process. These tend to concentrate on one level, and within that one aspect, the cerebral, intellectual working of a single thinker or artists mind. Yet if we are really to understandMoreThere have been many autobiographical accounts of the creative process. These tend to concentrate on one level, and within that one aspect, the cerebral, intellectual working of a single thinker or artists mind.

Yet if we are really to understand what the conditions are for a really creative and fulfilling life we need to understand the process at five levels. At the widest, there is the level of civilizations, some of which encourage personal creativity, while others dampen it. Then there are institutions such as a university, which encourage the individual or stifle him or her.

Then there are personal networks- all thinkers work with others whether they acknowledge it or not. Then there is the level of the individual, his or her character and mind. Finally there is an element of chance or random variation. I have long been interested in these inter-acting levels and since 1982 I have been filming people talking about their life and work.

In these interviews, characteristically lasting one to two hours, I have paid particular attention to the family life, childhood, education and friendships which influence us. I have let people tell their own stories without a set of explicit questions to answer. This has led them to reflect on what it was in their lives which led them to be able to do their most interesting and rewarding work.

They reveal the complex chains which sometimes lead to that moment when they discovered or made something new in the world. I started for some years mainly in the disciplines I knew, anthropology, history and sociology. But after 2006 I broadened the project out to cover almost all fields of intellectual and artistic work. I have now made over 200 interviews, all of them available on the web.

Future volumes based on these interviews are outlined at the end of this volume.



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