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Deathcore, creativity and scientific thinking

Angeler, David and Sundstrom, Shana M. and Allen, Craig R. (2016). Deathcore, creativity and scientific thinking. Research Ideas and Outcomes. 2, 2-6
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Abstract

Major scientific breakthroughs are generally the result of materializing creative ideas, the result of an inductive process that sometimes spontaneously and unexpectedly generates a link between thoughts and/or objects that did not exist before. Creativity is the cornerstone of scientific thinking, but scientists in academia are judged by metrics of quantification that often leave little room for creative thinking. In many scientific fields, reductionist approaches are rewarded and new ideas viewed skeptically. As a result, scientific inquiry is often confined to narrow but safe disciplinary ivory towers, effectively preventing profoundly creative explorations that could yield unexpected benefits.

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This paper argues how apparently unrelated fields specifically music and belief systems can be combined in a provocative allegory to provide novel perspectives regarding patterns in nature, thereby potentially inspiring innovation in the natural, social and other sciences. The merger between basic human tensions such as those embodied by religion and music, for example the heavy metal genre of deathcore, may be perceived as controversial, challenging, and uncomfortable. However, it is an example of moving the thinking process out of unconsciously established comfort zones, through the connection of apparently unrelated entities. We argue that music, as an auditory art form, has the potential to enlighten and boost creative thinking in science. Metal, as a fast evolving and diversifying extreme form of musical art, may be particularly suitable to trigger surprising associations in scientific inquiry. This may pave the way for dealing with questions about what we don´t know that we don´t know in a fast-changing planet.

Authors/Creators:Angeler, David and Sundstrom, Shana M. and Allen, Craig R.
Title:Deathcore, creativity and scientific thinking
Series/Journal:Research Ideas and Outcomes (2367-7163)
Year of publishing :2016
Volume:2
Page range:2-6
Number of Pages:5
Publisher:Pensoft Publishers
ISSN:2367-7163
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Other scientific
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:U Auxiliary disciplines > U30 Research methods
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 107 Other Natural Sciences > Other Natural Sciences not elsewhere specified
Keywords:Transdisciplinary science
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3947
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3947
ID Code:13915
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:22 Feb 2017 09:29
Metadata Last Modified:25 Jun 2017 19:42

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