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ID And The Arts: Van Cliburn, 50 Years Later

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I remember my two meetings with Van Cliburn with great fondness.

He was, and still is, an extraordinary musical and pianistic talent who, at the tender age of 23 in 1958, warmed the Cold War. Most of you probably don’t remember this.

Visit the following links for a little history: here, here, and here. As many UD readers know, I am both a classical pianist and a software engineer.

As a result my involvement in two endeavors, artistic and analytical, design in both nature and human experience screams with such force that I cannot deny it. The Tschaikovski piano concerto was not the result of random errors filtered by natural selection; it was the result of human creativity — a faint reflection of the creativity that produced the human mind and soul.

About this I am certain.

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Gil, gpuccio: The subject has been taken up in glorious fashion by pro-ID Catholic priest Fr. Thomas Dubay. I highly recommend his work, "The Evidential Power Of Beauty."StephenB
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GilDodgen: "About this I am certain." Me too! Absoutely. One argument we rarely address here at UD, perhaps because very difficult to address scientifically, is the incredible presence of beauty in the "natural" world, and especially in the living world. That is, in my opinion, a very strong evidence not only of the presence of design, but also of the presence of creative, exquisitely artistic design. Beauty is the product of consciousness, no less than mathemathical engineering. They are two complementary aspects of the same reality. Unfortunately, we have not a quantitative model for beauty, as we have for CSI. In a sense, beauty could be considered a special kind of functional specification, a special kind of meaning and of conscious recognition. The simplest quantitative aspect of beauty in art and nature of which I am aware is the widespread presence of the golden ratio both in works of art and in biological beings. Someone could argue that beauty can be only a subjective category, a special creation of the human mind. But, in a sense, even mathematics is, and it seems to be in some way objectively working in the outer world. Darwinist will certainly explain how the sense of beauty evolved, and what the fitness gain of appreciating art is. Let's leave them to their unending, bleak considerations. As soon as we listen to a piano concert, or look at a flower, we feel and know, and that's enough.gpuccio
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He is fun to watch: (Cliburn)Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 Mvt III http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=van+cliburn&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-501-s&fr2=tab-web&tnr=21&vid=1297366975bornagain77
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