Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions? Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms. Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything. Gero Miesenboeck reengineers a brain. Michael Merzenich on re-wiring the brain. Jeff Hawkins' TEDTalk on how brain science will change computing.
Rewiring the Brain to Ease Pain. How to Change Your Brain. With rendition switcher Question: What is neuroplasticity?
Sam Wang: Well, people have known that experience can change the brain ever since it became known that the brain was the seat of consciousness, thought, and experience. And so, I would say that for hundreds of years, it’s been known implicitly that the brain must undergo change because, of course, if the brain is the physical object by which we generate our consciousness and ourselves, then there must be some physical change happening in the brain. So in that sense, I think neuroplasticity has been known implicitly for centuries. But I think it’s really been in the last few decades become really appreciated exactly what happens in the brain.
And you can even find the suggestions of this in writings of Thomas Hobbes and even Aristotle. Question: Is stress good for the brain? Sam Wang: Well, certainly… When challenged, we can do more and everyone knows this. Question: Does brain food work? Question: Does art therapy work? Learn How to Think Different(ly) - Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen.
By Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen | 10:24 AM September 27, 2011 In the Economist review of our book, The Innovator’s DNA, the reviewer wondered whether genius-level innovators such as Marc Benioff, Jeff Bezos, and Steve Jobs challenge the idea that working adults can really learn how to think differently and become innovators.
We don’t think so. Remember, it was Steve Jobs who jump-started the now-famous “Think Different” advertising campaign as a way to inspire consumers and recharge Apple’s innovation efforts. It worked. Reflecting back on the campaign, Jobs said “The whole purpose of the ‘Think Different’ campaign was that people had forgotten what Apple stood for, including the employees.”
Reams of relevant research (including our own) proves Jobs right. But neither Steve Jobs nor Apple nor any other high-profile innovator or company has a corner on the think-different market. Take Gavin Symanowitz, whom we recently met in South Africa. Just do It. Shake it up. Repeat.