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|The story of this institute could have been told by that little spring bird which sung in front of my office window. To be true, it was told by one of the artists who worked at the institute within a team of pig scientists. She told me how the scent of continental coffee and the clanks of cups on the blank table surface bore some of the most bizarre research projects the world has ever seen. Every morning their heads would bend together to spin another thread. An institute this may not be, she said, but would you chase the bird away?
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|Paul Feyerabend, a foremost twentieth century philosopher of science, became known for his claim that there was, and should be, no such thing as the scientific method. Consequently, a methodological pluralism in research should be developed and the mutual rapproachment of the arts and sciences encouraged. To be sure, artists have always had their own methods of research, and, within their fields, they helped to contribute to the growth of knowledge. However, the question yet to answer is where methodological pluralism may lead in fields where few artists dared to enter: e.g. pig science!