Applied sciences and Theoretical sciences

'Applied sciences' simply explained, are sciences that turn research outcomes into practical use. 'Theoretical sciences' simply explained, are concerned with theoretical structures and not concerned about possible practical implementations.

Freedom of sciences

Sciences must be free and independent. When political systems or religions are overruling sciences, it goes wrong. The world is not flat. Political systems should enable sciences but not dictate or interfere with the research results. Therefore, academies and universities have to be 'free-havens' where sciences can flourish.

Sciences and the arts

What counts for sciences also counts for the arts: fine arts, theatrical arts, musical arts, etc. The first right of the International Music Council, the IMC affiliated with UNESCO, is the right for every musician “to express themselves in all freedom”.

Music can be is seen as a system and researched by the science called 'systematic musicology'. Music can also be seen as a living art form and researched as 'applied jazz research'. All music research should always be done within all freedom, with full acceptance of whatever the outcome may be, well-supported regardless of what the providers of time, space, and finances think about the outcomes.

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