Have you ever noticed how our society seems to be divided between “left-brained” and “right-brained” people? For anyone not familiar with these terms, left-brained people are generally thought to be more analytical, and therefore better excel in subjects such as maths and sciences. Right-brained people are thought to be subjective in their thought process, so more creative and artistic. I’m no expert in the research behind this conclusion, but I’m not sure I agree with classifying people into two groups of thinkers.
In order for this theory to hold up, you would have to assume that members of the scientific community would have less inclination to think outside the box. So, you’re telling me that Albert Einstein wasn’t thinking creatively on his theory of relativity because it dealt with science, a typically left brain topic? His research and subsequent findings revolutionized the field of physics just as much as the Impressionists revolutionized the art world, then dominated by the French Académie des Beaux-Arts, which preferred historic subjects, religious themes, and portraits and rejected landscapes and still life paintings. Two examples of creative thinking, so left brain or right brain?
Maybe, instead of shuffling people into one category or the other, it’s better to agree that there are analytical tendencies, and an impulse to create. Maybe this dichotomy of thinkers is due more to a comfort zone and individual enjoyment. I find that artistic ability often gets put on a sort of pedestal, and people can be harsh judges of themselves as to whether or not they “stack up” to what they consider “good art”. But you see, that’s not the point of art. The point is to express yourself, no matter the form or whether or not you can draw a face exactly as it appears in real life. The same would be true of the reverse – how out of place would an artist feel in a laboratory, mixing potions or dissecting mouse brains or whatever they do behind those steel doors.
I have taken an analytical approach (left brain?) to this topic, although in a decidedly subjective manner (right brain?). What sort of thinker does that make me? Ambidextrous? Who’s to say. I do know I would feel like a complete fish-out-of-water in any scientific setting, but I could probably make their research and reports prettier to the eye, for whatever that’s worth.