I know that it is probably not a great way to go into the discussion for these two readings, but the only thing I could think of when I first read the title “many brains are better than one” was that “none of us is as dumb as all of us.” I have used that phrase too many times, and it has been correct too many times, for me to think of anything else. Luckily this article was not that.
I think that the idea behind the whole initiative as a pretty good one. I think that we as people need to communicate across the lines we have drawn in the sand more often. I think there are some very good reasons that people working in tourism ought to talk to people working in Public Health. I think people in entertainment ought to talk to people in science. I think people in cartography ought to talk to… well I guess we have pretty well mapped the world, but people need to communicate across the lines. When they do beautiful things happen, we get better and more efficient health outcomes and research. We get more accurate video imaging software. We get better maps? Unclear. The point is that I think this article, though pretty dry to my taste, brings to the forefront of academic thought something that is rarely seen — useful discussion on how to improve.
A lot of the time I see academic articles bemoaning the fact that academia seems stagnant. Or I see articles bemoaning that fact that the “kids these days have it too easy….” I see people talking about how it “would be nice” or “we ought to” or “we should strive to” do something. I rarely, and I enjoy it when I do, see an article talking about what happens when you actually do the thing everyone has been claiming that want to do for the past 10 years. I like it. And yes, this is me calling out the rest of the world of academia about it.
Frankly, my depression about the current atmosphere was just reaffirmed in the second article. It hurts the musician in me deeply to know that Reeves and Fuller felt it, not just useful, but necessary to point out 7 ways to have an imagination. I really wish this was not a thing that needed to be taught to business owners. I think that if you need to be taught how to have an imagination and be creative with your company, then you ought not to be running your company (I’m talking to you Mr. Tim “I don’t think the Macbook Pro should be able to run the “professional” programs that we marketed it for” Cook).
I know that it is probably over-stated, but if you aren’t taking risks as a business you might not be a business for long. Granted this is coming from the guy who hasn’t made a dime in the past 6 months, so who am I to talk?
Despite all this there is one particular thing they recommended that I think is particularly important. “Stay Hopeful.” Both the article and this post were written during the Covid-19 crisis of 2020. It is hard. It is really hard to stay hopeful. I have lost jobs, friends, and an entire section of my mental wellbeing that was all wrapped up in music. I lost money, time, experiences, and memories to this thing, and frankly staying hopeful is the only way any sort of creativity or imagination is going to survive.
You may have pointed out what is wrong with Western culture very well, but damnit Reeves and Fuller, you hit the nail on the head with that one.