The Na­ture of Cre­ativ­ity

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild At Home - SM M


Like many com­posers, Beethoven was greatly in­spired by na­ture. The sec­ond move­ment of his Pas­toral Sym­phony mim­ics the sound of a bub­bling stream; the open­ing fan­fare to his fa­mous Fifth ( da-da-da daaaaa!) is an im­i­ta­tion of the call of an Or­tolan bunt­ing. In­deed, for cen­turies hu­man­ity has wo­ven na­ture into art, sci­ence and cul­ture.. Yetetss in­ce­cetthe e 1970s, a stag­ger­ing hal lf of the mass of wildlife on Earth has b een lost – there are now con­sider rably fewer song­birds singing alon ng bab­bling brooks. This thought-t pro­vok­ing fea­ture for BBCB Ra­dio 3, pro­duced by MaryM Col­well, ex­am­ines not why such de­clines are hap­pen­ing, but whethe er our cre­ativ­ity is af­fected as a re­sult.

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