VIDEO: George Lakoff – What Studying the Brain Tells Us About Arts Education

“George Lakoff, Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at U.C. Berkeley, emphasizes that the bridge between existing knowledge and new ideas is imagination. In this talk, he stresses the importance of educators incorporating the arts into educational curriculum, in order to nurture creative thinking.” – Big Ideas Fest. George Lakoff is one of 17 scientists, scholars and teachers who have contributed to United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Opposing Trump’s Agenda – Essays on Protest and Resistance. Coming soon from Garn Press, April 4, 2017.

At Garn Press, we are convinced that actionable knowledge to address some of the great questions about human life depends on nurturing the imagination and human spirit. Through the arts people are inspired to act.

For Garn Press, science, literature, art, and philosophy are not separate categories. They are intricately connected, and through these connections it is possible for us to get a larger sense of life, with a clarity of vision that would not be possible otherwise.

We have been taught falsely that if we cannot measure it, it isn’t science, that truth is objective, and that facts can be proven and indisputable. Not so at Garn. At Garn Press we are convinced that without art the sciences have the creativity sucked out of them. Most scientists and artists get this, even though most policy makers do not. Similar to Italo Calvino, Garn’s stance is that science, literature, philosophy and art create epicenters of creativity, vortexes of energy, and an aesthetic experience, that provides insights science or art alone cannot.

 

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