"Creativity has always been essential for our cultural growth, but there are still many misconceptions about this elusive process. Not the left-brain/right-brain binary that we've come to believe, being creative is considerably more complex, and requires a nuanced understanding of ourself and others. Being a powerful creative person involves letting go of preconceived notions of what an artist is, and discovering and inventing new processes that yield great ideas. Most importantly, creators must push forward, whether the light bulb illuminates or not."
Chris Lott's insight:
Some interesting and occasionally thought-provoking stuff...
On the building blocks of creativity and acquiring a sense of what feels right.
Chris Lott's insight:
Gibson's "micro-culture" fits nicely with the idea of "cultural multiplicity" I've been talking about for years, something that the web, social networks and our increasingly abundantly networked world makes commonplace. It's the cultures we build for ourselves to live in that matter most.
"This study is a clear indication that the advantages of particular types of meditation extend much further than simply relaxation. The findings support the belief that meditation can have a long-lasting influence on human cognition, including how we think and how we experience events."
"The potential effects of aerobic exercise on creative potential were explored both immediately following moderate aerobic exercise and after a two hour lag. Sixty college students participated in an experiment consisting of three regimens varying the time when a Torrance Test of Creative Thinking was taken in relation to exercise completion. The results supported the hypotheses that creative potential will be greater upon completion of moderate aerobic exercise than when not preceded by exercise (immediate effects), that creative potential will be greater following a two hour lag time following exercise than when not preceded by exercise (residual effects), and that creative potential will not be significantly different immediately following exercise than after a two hour lag time following exercise (enduring residual effects). Limitations and implications for future research were discussed."
'The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction is not the right one when it comes to understanding how creativity is implemented in the brain.
The creative class has never been more screwed. Books about creativity have never been more popular. What gives?
Chris Lott's insight:
The prevalence of books on how to be creative by the not-particularly-creative appears to me to be an extension of the unfortunately-often-true mode of those who can't teaching about those who can.And let's not forget Sturgeon's law: 90% of science fiction is crap, but that's because 90% of all writing is crap.I do quibble with the idea that innovation requires the social. There can be---and has been---unrecognized innovation. But it's really a tree falling in the woods argument, I guess.Creatives rarely rise (using the definition here); when creatives do rise they often leave their creativity behind; creatives get broken on the wheel of economics and co-option. 'Twas ever thus.
David Lynch meditates, and he meditates hard. Beginning his practice in earnest after it helped him solve a creative problem during the production of his breakout 1977 film Eraserhead, he has continued meditating assiduously ever since, going so far as to found the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and Peace and publish a pro-meditation book called Catching the Big Fish. It might seem nonsensical to hear an artist of the grotesque like Lynch speak rapturously about voyaging into his own consciousness, let alone in his fractured all-American, askew-Jimmy-Stewart manner, but he does meditate for a practical reason: it gives him ideas. Only by meditating, he says, can he dive down and catch the “big fish” he uses as ingredients in his inimitable film, music, and visual art.
"To some, creativity may seem like a gift — a natural talent that only a few privileged souls possess. But according to Jack V. Matson, professor emeritus of environmental engineering at Penn State, this is a common misconception. Matson believes we all are innately creative, and that each one of us can be taught to tap into and maximize our own special brand of creativity.
Helping students around the globe fulfill their creative potential is the goal of Penn State’s upcoming Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Creativity, Innovation and Change, a class that will launch this week via the popular website Coursera. Recently developed by Matson and his team, the Creativity MOOC will feature introspective exercises and lessons in several different approaches to the creative process."