To celebrate the founding of the territory’s first Institute of Creativity, HKBU recently held three public lectures and a forum by Nobel Laureates as well as a photo exhibition by a renowned artist. The events attracted more than 1,000 participants and the media.
At a lecture entitled “My Learning Experience”, Professor Chen Ning Yang (Nobel Laureate in Physics 1957), who is an HKBU honorary Doctor of Science, shared his personal experience as an undergraduate student, a research student and a researcher, describing the highs and lows he encountered. He encouraged students to explore, nurture and develop their interests. He said with interest and preparation, the results would ultimately follow.
Professor Torsten N. Wiesel (Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1981), President Emeritus of Rockefeller University, delivered a lecture on “Science as an Instrument for Peace”. He said an abnormal state of mind led to war and that in order to achieve peace, there should be peace of mind. He said we could reduce tensions and barriers that could otherwise lead to war by fostering positive alliances across races, cultures and religions. In the world of science, this collaboration occurs naturally because the language of science crosses races, cultures and religions. He also gave examples of scientists who have won the Nobel Peace Prize.
In his lecture entitled “Science as an Artistic Adventure”, Professor Dudley R. Herschbach (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1986) from Harvard University showed how scientists draw on many of the same creative processes that artists employ. Both scientists and artists, he said, work at the frontiers trying to find fresh insights on basic questions. Science involves as much exploration, playfulness and guesswork as creating a work of art. To be creative, he said, one has to think like a kindergartner, recapturing the joy and fascination of pursuing knowledge without worrying about the right answer.
In addition, Professor Yang and Professor Wiesel shared their views on creativity at a forum. Professor Yang said creativity is the combination of creation and innovation. Creativity is characterised by curiosity, courage and commitment. Professor Wiesel said creativity is an instinct and we do not know where it comes from. He warned that in an age of information explosion, we have to take care not to inhibit our creativity by overloading our minds with information. His advice was to give the mind the time to develop and consolidate new ideas.
In another sharing session, Professor Wiesel and Professor Herschbach met more than 50 HKBU postgraduate students and young scholars. As Nobel Laureates and well-known scientists, the professors have a deep understanding of creativity. They pointed out that to inspire creativity, there must be curiosity and observation skills, both of which enable one to link different things together. It is also necessary to be persistent about what one believes in, to explore one’s interest and pursue knowledge with perseverance, to learn from one’s mistakes and to never give up.
On the artistic front, American painter/photographer MuKha staged her first photo exhibition in Hong Kong entitled “In Search of the Miraculous” to celebrate the inception of the Institute of Creativity.
一九八一年生理學或醫學獎得主、洛克菲勒大學榮休校長Torsten N. Wiesel教授主講「Science as an Instrument for Peace」。他說異常心態會導致戰爭，要實現和平，必需要有平和的心。他表示我們可藉著促進種族、文化和宗教上的聯盟，減低導致戰爭的張力和障礙。在世界科學裡，互動交流自然發生，因為科學語言跨越種族、文化與宗教。他列舉多位曾贏得諾貝爾和平獎的科學家對世界的貢獻。
一九八六年化學獎得主、哈佛大學Dudley R. Herschbach教授在「Science as an Artistic Adventure」講座上表示，科學家採用許多與藝術家相同的創造過程。他說在前沿工作的科學家和藝術家，同樣試圖在基本問題尋找新意。科學研究要如藝術創作般不斷探索、找出趣味和去猜測。他說要有創意，人要像幼稚園學生般去思考，重新尋回追求知識的歡樂和魅力而無須擔心答案是否正確。
在藝術方面，美國畫家兼攝影家 MuKha以「In Search of the Miraculous」為題，展出她在港的首個攝影展，以慶祝創意研究院的成立。