Archive for July, 2006

‘Thin Slicing’ or the ‘quick and dirty’ way to knowledge

Posted in CCS-blog on July 20th, 2006

‘Thin slicing’ is the ability of the mind to find patterns in situations based on very narrow slices of experience. It is why people can often make accurate judgements in very rapid timescales that are better, or at least as good as carefully researched results. Malcolm Gladwell gives some remarkable examples of how it works in ‘Blink’, the successor to ‘The Tipping Point’. The more I read, the more it makes me doubt the value of standard forms of research. He is not arguing that snap judgements are always better but that we should take more notice of them…

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking

And you thought the arts were just about culture…

Posted in CCS-blog on July 20th, 2006

The Wellcome Trust has funded research into the relationship between music and health which has found that there is emerging evidence that music can bring about physical changes to the body that can improve our health. According to Professor Paul Robertson, physician, researcher and musician:

“We are approaching the point where a doctor would legitimately be negligent not to actually recommend music as a therapeutic intervention.”

BBC Radio 4 Website

Is there an opportunity for interactive arts here?