5 April 2020 at 6:21 am #574566Peter AndersonParticipant
I could not but help thinking that Isaac Newton’s key discoveries and insights came, or at least germinated, during his own enforced ‘lockdown’. Though this was three and a half centuries ago, there is a parallel and perhaps even today, largely freed from the requirements of everyday, daily life, we might see some inspired work resulting. Surely there are some modern day Newtons out there? See extract from a biography of Newton below:
The Apple Myth5 April 2020 at 11:30 am #582240Alan ThomasParticipant
Great idea, Peter. I’ll let you know when I have thought a Great Thought!
(don’t hold your breath)8 April 2020 at 11:53 pm #582245David ArdittiParticipant
I think you are quite right, Peter.
I think when thinkers in all different disciplines are separated from their usual colleagues, usual influences and the peer-pressure that results in people grouped together thinking thinking similarly, original and useful thoughts are very likely to result. Also there is likely to be less distracting day-to-day administrative activity, enabling deeper thought.
I recall the comment of Joseph Haydn, about his period spend at the court of Price Esterhazy in Bohemia, that he was isolated from all the influences he had had in Vienna, and so he was forced to be original, writing his best music there.
I have also been spending a lot of time in the shed at the bottom of my garden, waiting for inspiration to strike.24 April 2020 at 2:13 am #582348Peter AndersonParticipant
Just a final succinct comment. Discussing the subject with our eldest son he observed that such insights and creativity often spring from a combination of genius and boredom.25 April 2020 at 9:33 am #582355Pauline PhillipsParticipant
Apparently, the philosopher Descartes was given special dispensation from the Jesuits to have extended lie-ins, as he always had his most important thoughts while in bed….that’s where I’ve been going wrong…
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