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INTERVIEW: Creativity with author Ashley Merryman, musicologist Aaron Berkowitz, and biochemist Bruce Alberts.


This is a discussion about creativity with author Ashley Merryman of Newsweek, musicologist Aaron Berkowitz of Harvard University, and Bruce Alberts of University of California, San Francisco. Charlie Rose and his panelists discuss processes of creativity across differing fields, whether creativity can be taught and how educators attempt to do so, and the current statistical drop in creativity. Aaron Berkowitz shares his work on the effects of musical training on cognitive function. His research, which focuses on the study of musical improvisation, provides "a window," he says, "into the creative process."

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Listening itself, an improvisative act engaged in by everyone, announces a practice of active engagement with the world, where we sift, interpret, store and forget, in parallel with action and fundamentally articulated with it ("Mobilitas Animi" 113).

– George E. Lewis