Art and science. To those who practice neither, they seem like polar opposites, one data-driven, the other driven by emotion. One dominated by technical introverts, the other by expressive eccentrics. For those of us involved in either field today and many of us have a hand in both , we know that the similarities between how artists and scientists work far outweigh their stereotypical differences.
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A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness. I was examining the anecdotal link between creativity and mental illness, and Kurt was an excellent case study. He was intermittently depressed, but that was only the beginning. His son, Mark, was originally diagnosed with schizophrenia but may actually have bipolar disorder. Mark, who is a practicing physician, recounts his experiences in two books, The Eden Express and Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So , in which he reveals that many family members struggled with psychiatric problems. While mental illness clearly runs in the Vonnegut family, so, I found, does creativity. This link is not surprising.
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The book deals, to name a few, with the Chagall, the Jackson Pollock and the Beltracchi affairs and discusses the Isleworth Mona Lisa as well as La Bella Principessa both thought to be a Leonardo creation. Over the last few decades there has been a disconcerting increase in the number of forged paintings. In retaliation, there has been a rise in the use, efficiency and ability of scientific techniques to detect these forgeries. The scientist has waged war on the forger.
The Artist-scientist is one of the Jungian archetypes in mythology. Like all of these archetypes , the artist-scientist is an abstraction of life and the human mind. While never as common as archetypes like the child or the Hero , the artist-scientist is immediately recognizable. They are a builder, an inventor, a seeker, a dreamer, and a thinker.