Flow. Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity. Stuart Brown says play is more than fun. Tim Brown: Tales of creativity and play. Elizabeth Gilbert: A new way to think about creativity. PBS Digital Studios. Seth Godin on Vulnerability, Creative Courage, and How to Dance with the Fear: A Children’s Book for Grownups.
By Maria Popova “If you just pick one human you can change for the better, with work that might not work — that’s what art is.”
At the 2014 HOW conference, Debbie Millman, host of the excellent interview show Design Matters and a remarkable mind, sat down with the prolific Seth Godin to discuss courage, anxiety, change, creative integrity, and why he got thrown out of Milton Glaser’s class. She used an unusual book of Godin’s as the springboard for their wide-ranging conversation: V is for Vulnerable: Life Outside the Comfort Zone (public library) — an alphabet book for grownups illustrated by Hugh MacLeod with a serious and rather urgent message about what it means and what it takes to dream, to live with joy, to find our purpose and do fulfilling work. The 6 Myths Of Creativity. Wired 13.02: Revenge of the Right Brain. Logical and precise, left-brain thinking gave us the Information Age.
Now comes the Conceptual Age - ruled by artistry, empathy, and emotion. By Daniel H. PinkPage 1 of 2 next » Creativity Creep. Every culture elects some central virtues, and creativity is one of ours.
In fact, right now, we’re living through a creativity boom. Few qualities are more sought after, few skills more envied. Everyone wants to be more creative—how else, we think, can we become fully realized people? Creativity is now a literary genre unto itself: every year, more and more creativity books promise to teach creativity to the uncreative. A tower of them has risen on my desk—Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace’s “Creativity, Inc.”; Philip Petit’s “Creativity: The Perfect Crime”—each aiming to “unleash,” “unblock,” or “start the flow” of creativity at home, in the arts, or at work. Beauty and the Brain. Illustration by Gluekit Why is something beautiful?
David Hume argued that beauty exists not in things but “in the mind that contemplates them.” OpNnoOx.gif (GIF Image, 720 × 405 pixels) Mathematical beauty activates same brain region as great art or music. People who appreciate the beauty of mathematics activate the same part of their brain when they look at aesthetically pleasing formula as others do when appreciating art or music, suggesting that there is a neurobiological basis to beauty.
There are many different sources of beauty -- a beautiful face, a picturesque landscape, a great symphony are all examples of beauty derived from sensory experiences. But there are other, highly intellectual sources of beauty. Mathematicians often describe mathematical formulae in emotive terms and the experience of mathematical beauty has often been compared by them to the experience of beauty derived from the greatest art. Unlocking the Mysteries of The Artistic Mind. Consider the flightless fluffs of brown otherwise known as herring gull chicks.
Since they're entirely dependent on their mothers for food, they're born with a powerful instinct. Whenever they see a bird beak, they frantically peck at it, begging for their favorite food: a regurgitated meal. But this reflex can be manipulated.