» Syllabus General Information Instructor: Dr. Kathie Gossett Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Skype/IM/Twitter: gossettphd How Our Brains Work When We Are Creative: The Science of Great Ideas 466 Flares Filament.io 466 Flares × Ah, ideas. Who doesn’t want more great ideas? I know I do. I usually think about ideas as being magical and hard to produce. I expect them to just show up without me cultivating them, and I often get frustrated when they don’t show up when I need them. Internet History: Video of 1981 TV report shows birth of Internet News It’s easy to forget how far the Internet has come considering how plugged in we all are today thanks to laptops, smartphones and other connected devices, but we found a fantastic video that will no doubt serve as an eye-opening and hilarious reminder. “Imagine, if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee, turning on your home computer to see the day’s newspaper,” begins this report from KRON in San Francisco. “Well, it’s not as far-fetched as it may seem.” The report, filed by KRON’s Steve Newman back in 1981, details the birth of Internet news as it chronicles an experiment being conducted by the San Francisco Examiner where editors programmed a copy of each day’s paper into a computer and made it available via the Internet. To connect to the Web and access the S.F. Examiner’s paper, by the way, a reader had to place the receiver of his or her telephone on a dock and then manually dial into a service provider’s network.
8 must-watch talks for any creative Every now and again I come across a talk that I find to be truly inspiring or informative. Over the years I’ve made sure to bookmark these talks for later reference and now, after recently revisiting my collection, I thought it would be a good time to share those that I believe all creatives should watch. Below is a collection of eight videos that cover everything from branding to education to user experience and client relationships. Design to challenge reality (Kelli Anderson) Kelli Anderson shatters our expectations about reality by injecting humor and surprise into everyday objects. Teacher I am a teacher. I need to create, compile, brainstorm, produce, present, share, collaborate, collect, grade, and report. I create lesson plans for my class. My lesson isn’t just facts, thoughts, and ideas–it’s a visual map of everything I need on a topic in one place. I can add links to web-based resources and upload related documents. I attach images and videos that display and play right in Spinscape!
What “Top Gun” has in common with “The Odyssey” IN THE SUMMER of 1986, on the verge of fourteen, I accompanied my friend and her family to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a two-week beach vacation. The small cottage we stayed in was without a television, and after just two initial days of sunshine, a unrelenting rain came in. At first, we busied ourselves with chocolate milkshakes and gossip, several successful trips to the hermit crab store, and stuffing our first bikini tops with potholders.
Why We're More Creative When We're Tired and 9 Other Surprising Facts About How Our Brains Work 12.6K Flares Filament.io 12.6K Flares × One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our brains work and how they actually do. On many occasions I find myself convinced that there is a certain way to do things, only to find out that actually that’s the complete wrong way to think about it. For example, I always found it fairly understandable that we can multitask. The secrets of the world's happiest cities Two bodyguards trotted behind Enrique Peñalosa, their pistols jostling in holsters. There was nothing remarkable about that, given his profession – and his locale. Peñalosa was a politician on yet another campaign, and this was Bogotá, a city with a reputation for kidnapping and assassination. What was unusual was this: Peñalosa didn't climb into the armoured SUV. Instead, he hopped on a mountain bike.
18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently This list has been expanded into the new book, “Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind,” by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman. Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process. Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity. As scientists now understand it, creativity is far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional).
Speed Reading - Study Skills from MindTools Learning to Read More Efficiently Learn how to speed read, with James Manktelow & Amy Carlson. Think about how much reading you do every day. Perhaps you read the newspaper to catch up with what's going on in the world. You browse countless emails from colleagues. Why I Write: George Orwell's Four Motives for Creation by Maria Popova “All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery.” Literary legend Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell, remains best remembered for authoring the cult-classics Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, but he was also a formidable, masterful essayist. Among his finest short-form feats is the 1946 essay Why I Write (public library) — a fine addition to other timeless insights on writing, including Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 rules for a great story, David Ogilvy’s 10 no-bullshit tips, Henry Miller’s 11 commandments, Jack Kerouac’s 30 beliefs and techniques, John Steinbeck’s 6 pointers, and various invaluable insight from other great writers.