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  •  Maybe You've Never Led a Marching Band. (1+ / 0-)
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    I have.

    You're describing a world where the marching bands have a drum major and cheerleaders, 4 bassoon players and flag bearers.

    As they march past, the audience downloads the entire rest of the band off the web from the 3rd world.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 08:58:23 PM PST

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    •  This marching band metaphor is not clear to me (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Totally disagree but get your point (0+ / 0-)

      I think you're seeing it as though one excludes the other.  But it doesn't.  Scientific focus has often also resulted in the greatest booms in the arts.  

      Plays and theater, music and operas have all been written at a time where the aspirations are set high.  

      But the aspirations of arts are hard to quantify.. but when you start to leap ahead anywhere - which is something that can be done, it means you get advances everywhere.

      Whether we want to admit it or not, as robotics and other things come along, we will have to find new ways to both deliver jobs as well as the next generation research that tops the current.   That has been true since the invention of the wheel.

      We can't stop the 3rd world country from downloading whatever they want.   But we can setup the environment where the art that we creates continues to expand in ways that we can't always imagine.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 09:06:51 PM PST

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      •  Science & Art not in opposition (2+ / 0-)
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        Scientific focus has often also resulted in the greatest booms in the arts.
        ... and haven't artistic booms often also resulted in booms in science?  
        •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

          But here's the thing.. it's hard, from a governmental force to say "I expect a Sistine Chapel" ... but it was the creation of the ability for faster drying paints and the resources that made that art possible.

          In the end, artistic inspiration and scientific inspiration go hand in hand.   They can encourage each other.   But we can't really determine what happens with art.. and so the first domino in many cases is science.

          When it is art - and that does happen - it often comes unexpectedly or as a matter of unique surprise.   From the Beatles to Davinci.

          Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

          by Chris Reeves on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 09:15:09 PM PST

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        •  And now that routine work in science is so (0+ / 0-)

          automated,

          the people who are best prepared to direct that automated work in the directions of breakthroughs

          will be people whose education has included varied perspectives and the ability to integrate and imagine.

        •  From what I have seen (0+ / 0-)

          The art usually comes first when it comes to new ideas and innovation.

          Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

          by splashy on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 02:32:12 AM PST

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    •  Makes Me Want To Post A Link (1+ / 0-)
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      or two from "The Golden Band From Tiger Land" (that would be LSU). I am not sure you have ever Googled their stuff, but pretty sure they flat out rock.

      Oh here is one video:

      We make videos about our band.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 09:07:48 PM PST

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