• Nurturing our minds . . an essential pursuit

    Education

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    Sir Ken Robinson wrote in Out of Our Minds "We have jeopardised the balance of human nature by not recognising how different elements of our abilities sustain and enrich each other . . . we must learn to be creative"

    This quote from Charles Darwin's autobiography quoted in Small is Beautiful by E Schumacher (1973)p80 'Up to the age of thirty, or beyond it poetry of many kinds . . gave me great pleasure, and even as a schoolboy I took intense delight in Shakespeare, especially in the historical plays. I have also said that formerly pictures gave me considerable, and music very great, delight. But now for many years I cannot endure to read a line of poetry: I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me. I have also lost almost any taste for pictures or music . . My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of fact, but why this should have caused the atrophy of that part of the brain alone, on which the higher tastes depend, I cannot conceive . . The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature'

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