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The creative society by Lars Tvede

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INTRODUCTION

Creativity, seen from Space

“Wow! That’s where we live. On that tiny, lonely ball!” That is the emotional reaction astronauts often describe having, when they first look back at Earth from outer space. Just listen, for instance, to Alan Shepard after his visit to the Moon with Apollo 14:

“If somebody had said before the flight ‘Are you going to get carried away looking at the Earth from the Moon?’ I would have said: ‘No, no way.’ But yet when I first looked back at the Earth, standing on the Moon, I cried.”

The Moon is 384,000 kilometres away, and seen from that distance, Earth is “the blue planet”. However, if astronauts revolve around the Earth at a distance of just 200-300 kilometres, they can distinguish mountains, glaciers, ...

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