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The Creative Type.

Creative Enhancement

Flow. Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity.

He takes the enlightenment view of education, whereas most primary education these days (and even much higher education I would argue) leans toward authoritarian indoctrination. I have more articles on the topic in a different pearltree : – tor.nelson

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.”

Seth Godin on Vulnerability, Creative Courage, and How to Dance with the Fear: A Children’s Book for Grownups

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. I had the pleasure of seeing and recording the conversation — transcribed highlights below. On how moving away from the economy of scarcity is changing the motives for making books: Anxiety is experiencing failure in advance. The 6 Myths Of Creativity. Wired 13.02: Revenge of the Right Brain. Logical and precise, left-brain thinking gave us the Information Age.

Wired 13.02: Revenge of the Right Brain

Now comes the Conceptual Age - ruled by artistry, empathy, and emotion. By Daniel H. PinkPage 1 of 2 next » When I was a kid - growing up in a middle-class family, in the middle of America, in the middle of the 1970s - parents dished out a familiar plate of advice to their children: Get good grades, go to college, and pursue a profession that offers a decent standard of living and perhaps a dollop of prestige. If you were good at math and science, become a doctor. Story Tools Story Images Click thumbnails for full-size image: Tax attorneys.

But a funny thing happened while we were pressing our noses to the grindstone: The world changed. Scientists have long known that a neurological Mason-Dixon line cleaves our brains into two regions - the left and right hemispheres. Until recently, the abilities that led to success in school, work, and business were characteristic of the left hemisphere. OK. Asia. Creativity Creep. Every culture elects some central virtues, and creativity is one of ours.

Creativity Creep

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. How did we come to care so much about creativity? It was Romanticism, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, which took the imagination and elevated it, giving us the “creative imagination.”

Beauty and the Brain. Illustration by Gluekit Why is something beautiful?

Beauty and the Brain

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.

Mathematical beauty activates same brain region as great art or music

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. In a new paper published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to image the brain activity of 15 mathematicians when they viewed mathematical formulae that they had previously rated as beautiful, neutral or ugly. Unlocking the Mysteries of The Artistic Mind. Consider the flightless fluffs of brown otherwise known as herring gull chicks.

Unlocking the Mysteries of The Artistic Mind

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.