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Out of Our Minds, 3rd Edition by Ken Robinson

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7FEELING BETTER

“Being creative is not only about thinking: it is about feeling.”

I USED TO SUPERVISE DOCTORAL PROGRAMS in the humanities. The university had set a maximum length for doctoral dissertations of 80,000 words. This was necessary because candidates had to be stopped. I once interviewed a candidate who had a PhD from another university. I asked if there was a maximum length for the dissertation. He was startled and said of course not. They were as long they needed to be. I asked him how long his dissertation needed to be. He said 370,000 words. That’s roughly the length of the Old Testament. I asked him the title. It was called Further Education in Dombey: Some Issues. Dombey1 is a regional city in England with a population at ...

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