Monday, 18 June 2012

Are tortured artists more productive?

From the world of science:
A research study has concluded that contrary to the belief that great art is often born from intolerable mental suffering, deliberately torturing an artist can actually lead to a marked deterioration in the quality of their output.

‘We all know the stories about alienated and unstable geniuses such as Vincent van Gogh producing exquisite works of art,’ said lead researcher, Dr Lionel Miller. ‘But to our surprise it turned out that inducing that degree of anguish using enhanced interrogation techniques failed to produce the masterpieces we were expecting. So we’re back to the drawing board on this one – or we would be if we hadn’t smashed it over a subject’s head trying to coax a poem out of him.’
Learn more about this research at NewsBiscuit

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