People with creative personalities really do see the world differently. What is it about a creative work such as a painting or piece of music that elicits our awe and admiration?
Is it the thrill of being shown something new, something different, something the artist saw that we did not? As Pablo Picasso put it: Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. The idea that some people see more possibilities than others is central to the concept of creativity. Psychologists often measure creativity using divergent thinking tasks. Gamestorming – A toolkit for innovators, rule-breakers and changemakers. Uncommon Genius: Stephen Jay Gould on Why Dot-Connecting Is the Key to Creativity. “Originality often consists in linking up ideas whose connection was not previously suspected,” wrote W.
I. The Secret to Creativity, Intelligence & Scientific Thinking. When we shared this image from the @buffer Twitter account a while back, it got me thinking.
The Tweet resulted in over 1,000 retweets, which seems like an indication that it resonated with a lot of people. There’s a key difference between knowledge and experience and it’s best described like this: The original is from cartoonist Hugh MacLeod, who came up with such a brilliant way to express a concept that’s often not that easy to grasp. The image makes a clear point—that knowledge alone is not useful unless we can make connections between what we know. Whether you use the terms “knowledge” and “experience” to explain the difference or not, the concept itself is sound. Lots of great writers, artists and scientists have talked about the importance of collecting ideas and bits of knowledge from the world around us, and making connections between those dots to fuel creative thinking and new ideas.
Intelligence and connections: why your brain needs to communicate well with itself. 6 Ways to Stay Creative Under Pressure. When the oxygen tanks exploded on Apollo 13 it left the crew, engineers, and mission coordinators with a legion of problems to solve in a very short space of time.
With CO2 quickly on the rise, the 96 hour journey back to earth for crew members Lovell, Swigert, and Haise had become potentially fatal. The crew would die on their way back to earth unless a solution could be found to resize spare filters to fit the Lunar Module. NASA’s top minds worked throughout the night to come up with a solution. Just as the CO2 got to critical levels the devised an ingenious answer to the problem. Their final workaround required a sock, the front page of their checklist manual, and a roll of duct tape, but the filter worked and the crew made it safely back to earth. You may never have to be that creative under that amount of pressure, but almost everyone will need to maintain a calm and clear head at some point in their lives and deliver creative ideas in difficult circumstances. 01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 12 Ways to Defeat Creative Block and Generate New Ideas. A lack of ideas – it happens to the best of us.
It even happened to the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in his thirties. “So completely has a whole year passed, with scarcely the fruits of a month. O Sorrow and Shame. I have done nothing!” A constant stream of novel ideas is important for anyone working in a creative industry. 20 Things Only Highly Creative People Would Understand.
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Neuroscience confirms that highly creative people think and act differently than the average person. Their brains are literally hardwired in a unique way. But that gift can often strain relationships. I’ve seen it firsthand while working with New York Times bestselling authors and Grammy-winning musicians. If you love a highly creative person, you probably experience moments when it seems like they live in a completely different world than you. 50 Must See TED Talks about Creativity and Design. If you’re looking for ideas about design or seeking a creative muse, TED talks can be a worthwhile watch to stir your curiosity.
From the latest web trends to the meaning of happiness, these 50 Talks are sure to arouse your creative fire. 01. John Maeda: How art, technology and design inform creative leaders Old meets new as designers find balance among the possibilities of technology, the solutions of design, and the questions asked by art. Maeda explores these concepts with attention to how they can inform effective creative leadership. 5 Creativity Myths You Probably Believe. The one thing you learn as a neuroscientist is how awesomely creative every single human being is.
It’s in our DNA. Creativity is how we, as a species, have become so dominant. Our gigantic brains have evolved to solve almost any problem that is thrown at us, from how to hunt, to how to farm, to how to find free Wi-Fi. Our exceptional problem-solving skills are ubiquitous throughout the entire species. JENWZM. Want Your Children to Survive The Future? Send Them to Art School. Can you imagine a world in which most jobs are obsolete?
If not, you are most likely in for a rude awakening in the coming decades of radical shifts in employment. This is particularly true for new parents propelling the next generation of workers into an adulthood that many economists and futurists predict to be the first ever “post-work” society. There are no borders. Science Reveals Artists Really Do Have Different Brains. We might now have neurological proof that artists actually are different creatures from everyone else on the planet.
According to a study published in Neurolmage, researchers believe that artists have brains that are structurally different from non-artists. It appears that there's now justifiable support for the idiom "she's just wired differently, idk. " The study, titled "Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain: A Voxel-Based Morphometry Analysis Of Observational Drawing," included 44 graduate and post-grad art students and non-art students who were asked to complete various drawing tasks.
The Secret of Creativity with Deepak Chopra. Description: Deepak Chopra explores the dynamics of a creative life and the relationship between age and creativity (we don’t have to lose our imagination as we grow older!). * How do you keep your creative spirit alive even as you progress further into adulthood? THE RABBIT HOLE features visually-stunning explorations of BIG questions: What is death? Who is God? Is life an illusion? The Third Self: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Artist’s Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life.
“In the wholeheartedness of concentration,” the poet Jane Hirshfield wrote in her beautiful inquiry into the effortless effort of creativity, “world and self begin to cohere. With that state comes an enlarging: of what may be known, what may be felt, what may be done.” But concentration is indeed a difficult art, art’s art, and its difficulty lies in the constant conciliation of the dissonance between self and world — a difficulty hardly singular to the particular conditions of our time. Two hundred years before social media, the great French artist Eugène Delacroix lamented the necessary torment of avoiding social distractions in creative work; a century and a half later, Agnes Martin admonished aspiring artists to exercise discernment in the interruptions they allow, or else corrupt the mental, emotional, and spiritual privacy where inspiration arises.
You think that it’s a picture of a squirrel! But zoom a bit closer. What the devil?!? Fear is boring, and other tips for living a creative life. Creativity is a tricky word. Consultants peddle it, brands promise it, we all strive for it, often without really knowing quite what “it” really is. It’s Okay to Fail: How We Can Learn to Be Better Creative Thinkers. Our culture has a problem. We’re scared to fail. The reality is, much of what we do in life requires problem solving. And solving problems requires a certain level of opportunity for failure. It also requires some creative juice, which is made up of some concoction of ingredients that includes reflection, forethought, and, above all, some risk.
Creativity doesn’t just happen, in other words. Creativity Comes from Risk and Effort, Not Going to College. Motion Graphic: 29 Ways to Stay Creative. Infographic_HowToComeUpWithCreativeIdeas.jpg (JPEG Image, 2550 × 1650 pixels) - Scaled (40%) Valley View Tiny House Company. 33 Ways To Stay Creative. 'How Creativity Works': It's All In Your Imagination. iStockphoto.com What makes people creative? 4 Ways To Amplify Your Creativity. How To Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 Buy the book: Amazon | B&N | More… Creativity.
Researchers discover how and where imagination occurs in human brains. Philosophers and scientists have long puzzled over where human imagination comes from. In other words, what makes humans able to create art, invent tools, think scientifically and perform other incredibly diverse behaviors? The answer, Dartmouth researchers conclude in a new study, lies in a widespread neural network—the brain's "mental workspace"—that consciously manipulates images, symbols, ideas and theories and gives humans the laser-like mental focus needed to solve complex problems and come up with new ideas.
Their findings, titled "Network structure and dynamics of the mental workspace," appear the week of Sept. 16 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Our findings move us closer to understanding how the organization of our brains sets us apart from other species and provides such a rich internal playground for us to think freely and creatively," says lead author Alex Schlegel , a graduate student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.