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David Byrne on How Music and Creativity Work

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"I had an extremely slow-dawning insight about creation. That insight is that context largely determines what is written, painted, sculpted, sung, or performed. That doesn’t sound like much of an insight, but it’s actually the opposite of conventional wisdom, which maintains that creation emerges out of some interior emotion, from an upwelling of passion or feeling, and that the creative urge will brook no accommodation, that it simply must find an outlet to be heard, read, or seen. The accepted narrative suggests that a classical composer gets a strange look i his or her eye and begins furiously scribbling a fully realized composition that couldn’t exist in any other form. Or that the rock-and-roll singer is driven by desiree and demons, and out bursts this amazing, perfectly shaped song that had to be three minutes and twelve seconds — nothing more, nothing less. This is the romantic notion of how creative work comes to b, but I think the path of creation is almost 180º from this model. I believe that we unconsciously and instinctively make work to fit preexisting formats."



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How To Be Creative | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

"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."

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Some interesting and occasionally thought-provoking stuff...

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William Gibson on Cultivating a “Personal Micro-Culture”

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On the building blocks of creativity and acquiring a sense of what feels right.

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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.

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Intelligence Having Fun

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True that.

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Meditation makes you more creative

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"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."

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Effects of Exercise on Cognitive Creativity

"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."

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So clearly demonstrated in the excellent book Spark...but so hard to keep up!

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Building a Ship

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Making the Complicated Simple

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Dangerous Ideas

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The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

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'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.
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You Can't Use Up Creativity

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A bit like the MLK candle analogy.


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Ira Glass on Storytelling

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Go into the arts...

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Kurt Vonnegut


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Quotes

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Wow!So true...

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Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity

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Why creativity is like LEGO, or what Richard Dawkins has to do with Susan Sontag and Gandhi.

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Wow. This is a must watch/read. Networks and networked knowledge, creativity, legos, florilegium, curation... I just fell a little more in love with Maria Popova's mind.

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TED talks are lying to you

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The creative class has never been more screwed. Books about creativity have never been more popular. What gives?
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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.
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Coffee vs. beer: Which drink makes you more creative?

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The prescription for both seems sensible...

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David Lynch on Meditation, Consciousness, Creativity and the Brain

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.

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33 Ways to Stay Creative

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Don't Think

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Jumping Off Cliffs

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Penn State MOOC explores the science of creativity

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"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."


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Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun

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The Power of Words

Wonderful and highly inspirational video. Reminds us all to strive for authentic and purposeful communication. So choose your words wisely. They are extremely powerful.

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Yeah, this made me tear up. I'm not ashamed. I do have a tiny little heart in there.

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The Creative Confessional

"Seek forgiveness for your creative sins."

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Where the Magic Happens

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