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What's the Point of Creativity?

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Creativity cannot be divorced from the real needs of real people.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, September 20, 2013 1:52 AM

My creativity comes in the form of using my unique contribution to serve those around me whose lives I can touch. Or it may be in supporting those who can touch the lives of others that I cannot reach. How do I help share my love of humanity.


The Kalama Sutra shares in closing:


However, after thorough observation, investigation, analysis and reflection, when you find that anything agrees with reason and your experience, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, and of the world at large; accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it; and live up to it.

These words, the Buddha went on to say, must be applied to his own teachings.



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The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

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Why is the brain divided? Despite much research and speculation, neurologists have struggled to make sense of hemisphere differences, or of their impact on human thought and experience.

 

In this remarkable and absorbing book, Iain McGilchrist argues that the two hemispheres have not merely different skills, but wholly different perspectives on the world. Drawing on a vast body of recent brain research, illustrated with fascinating case material, he suggests that the left hemisphere is designed to exploit the world effectively, but is narrow in focus and prizes theory over experience. It prefers mechanisms to living things, ignores whatever is not explicit, lacks empathy, and is unreasonably certain of itself. By contrast, the right hemisphere has a much broader, more generous understanding of the world, but lacks the certainty to counter this onslaught, because what it knows is more subtle and many-faceted.


It is vital that the two hemispheres work together, but in Western culture there is evidence of a power struggle, with the left hemisphere becoming increasingly dominant. The result is a dehumanized society, where a rigid and bureaucratic mentality, obsessed with structure and mechanism, holds sway, at huge cost to human happiness and the world around us.

 

Iain McGilchrist's book on Amazon.com

 

 


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Biological Basis For Creativity Linked To Mental Illness

Psychologists from the University of Toronto and Harvard University have identified one of the biological bases of creativity.

 

... the brains of creative people appear to be more open to incoming stimuli from the surrounding environment.


Other people’s brains might shut out this same information through a process called “latent inhibition” – defined as an animal’s unconscious capacity to ignore stimuli that experience has shown are irrelevant to its needs.


“This means that creative individuals remain in contact with the extra information constantly streaming in from the environment,”


“If you are open to new information, new ideas, you better be able to intelligently and carefully edit and choose. If you have 50 ideas, only two or three are likely to be good. You have to be able to discriminate or you’ll get swamped.”


... during the early stages of diseases such as schizophrenia, which are often accompanied by feelings of deep insight, mystical knowledge and religious experience, chemical changes take place in which latent inhibition disappears.


“We are very excited by the results of these studies,” says Peterson. “It appears that we have not only identified one of the biological bases of creativity but have moved towards cracking an age-old mystery: the relationship between genius, madness and the doors of perception.” 

 

01 Oct 2003


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Meditate Your Way To A More Creative Mind

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Re: the research of therapist and meditation teacher named Ron Alexander.

 

"Mindfulness helps you to build what I call 'mind strength,' " Alexander says. "Your awareness and consciousness become really toned. This is an excellent strategy for becoming successful in your profession, as well as the bigger game of transforming yourself and the people who work with and for you."

 

Alexander's metaphor is grounded in science. In a move partly spurred by recent improvements in the resolution of computer-generated brain images as well as advances in stem-cell research, neuroscientists have been learning that our brains are more malleable than was once presumed. "A decade ago, we thought you got what you were given at birth and that was pretty much it," says Joshua Aronson, a psychologist at New York University who studies intellectual performance. "But now we know the number of brain cells can increase throughout your life through neurogenesis. There's great evidence that shows if you really work on a skill, the part of the brain associated with that skill grows. The mind is like a muscle. If you don't keep exercising it, it will atrophy."

 

When adults practice juggling, for example, gray-matter volume in motor areas increases after just two weeks. A classic series of experiments showed that London taxi drivers, who go through detailed training to memorize their city's layout, emerge with enlarged hippocampal regions, which are associated with memory.


But can intelligence and creativity really be as "neuroplastic" as memory and motor skills? Intelligence, much less creativity, has not been conclusively linked with any one area in the brain. The closest analogues are the so-called executive functions, brain systems involved in planning, integrating of sensory information, and abstract thinking, that are thought to be concentrated in the prefrontal cortex. There is, says Aronson, a way to improve executive functioning, and it's the very same practice prescribed by Alexander: mindfulness meditation. In fact, Aronson is currently planning a meditation study with undergrads at NYU. "Some studies show that people who do mindfulness meditation gain as much as 10 IQ points," he says. "What that seems to indicate is that it works on the ability to screen out irrelevant information, to clear out the mind of distractions, and to focus intently on relevant stimuli, which frees up resources to solve problems."

 

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Anya Kamenetz

18 May 2011


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Dibyendu De's comment, December 5, 2012 11:09 PM
Thanks for sharing.. Some quantification as justification for obsessively Left Brained ones.
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Creativity 'a mental illness'

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Creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers particularly susceptible, say experts.


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Writing and the psychology of creativity

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By Gina Perry. "The closest I’ve come to an explanation of the how and the why comes from the work of Hungarian-American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He calls this loss of self consciousness, this immersion in the creative process ‘the flow’. Csikszentmihalyi, whose theory is based on hundreds of interviews with artists painters and writers, found that we are likely go into the zone when we’re engaged in a task that is challenging but not overwhelming, and when we feel we’ve got the necessary skills to tackle it."

Her book: Write to Publish http://vsb.li/os4XwN

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Related post: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the creative personality
http://talentdevelop.com/4439/


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Writing and the psychology of creativity

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By Gina Perry. "The closest I’ve come to an explanation of the how and the why comes from the work of Hungarian-American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He calls this loss of self consciousness, this immersion in the creative process ‘the flow’. Csikszentmihalyi, whose theory is based on hundreds of interviews with artists painters and writers, found that we are likely go into the zone when we’re engaged in a task that is challenging but not overwhelming, and when we feel we’ve got the necessary skills to tackle it."

Her book: Write to Publish http://vsb.li/os4XwN

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Related post: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the creative personality
http://talentdevelop.com/4439/


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Mindprints

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Featureteaser: The evolution of consciousness isn't something that "happens to us," or at least it needn't be. Simply becoming aware of the creative power of our own minds can achieve remarkable results.

 

As consciousness is immaterial -- it doesn’t weigh anything, nor does it occupy space, and so on -- it is through human artefacts that the history of consciousness can be traced.

 

... Owen Barfield traced the history of consciousness through language [History in English Words].

 

It is only through a consciousness -- yours, mine, a bird’s, possibly a sunflower’s -- that what is “really there” begins to take on features.

 

Consciousness shapes what is “really there,” but we, I think, can never see what is “really there” when we are not looking at it.

 

I think we need to focus on how we can “surf” these changes and not be swamped by them, and through this we will, I believe, be intimately and immediately involved in helping the next shift in the secret history of consciousness take placein a positive way.

 

... the next shift in consciousness will involve a radical alteration in our experience of time.


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Biological Basis For Creativity Linked To Mental Illness

Psychologists from the University of Toronto and Harvard University have identified one of the biological bases of creativity.

 

... the brains of creative people appear to be more open to incoming stimuli from the surrounding environment.


Other people’s brains might shut out this same information through a process called “latent inhibition” – defined as an animal’s unconscious capacity to ignore stimuli that experience has shown are irrelevant to its needs.


“This means that creative individuals remain in contact with the extra information constantly streaming in from the environment,”


“If you are open to new information, new ideas, you better be able to intelligently and carefully edit and choose. If you have 50 ideas, only two or three are likely to be good. You have to be able to discriminate or you’ll get swamped.”


... during the early stages of diseases such as schizophrenia, which are often accompanied by feelings of deep insight, mystical knowledge and religious experience, chemical changes take place in which latent inhibition disappears.


“We are very excited by the results of these studies,” says Peterson. “It appears that we have not only identified one of the biological bases of creativity but have moved towards cracking an age-old mystery: the relationship between genius, madness and the doors of perception.” 

 

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The Most Creative Brains are Slow

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"...One study of 65 subjects suggests that creativity prefers to take a slower, more meandering path than intelligence. 'The brain appears to be an efficient superhighway that gets you from Point A to Point B” when it comes to intelligence, Dr. (Rex) Jung explained. “But in the regions of the brain related to creativity, there appears to be lots of little side roads with interesting detours, and meandering little byways.'"

 

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13 Sep 2010


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Spanda!

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Spanda is a Sanskrit term – derived from the root spadi: “to move a little” (kimcit calana) – for the subtle creative pulse of the universe as it manifests into the dynamism of living form. (...)

 

It might be described as the essence of a wave in the ocean of consciousness. An impulse or desire to create and enjoy, likened to an eternal spring, joyfully overflowing its inner essence into manifestation and inspiration, yet ever full, complete and unchanging. (...)


"Spanda is the pulsation of the ecstasy of the divine consciousness", as Abinahavagupta (975-1025 c.e.) defines it. When we sense this pulsation inside us, we are sensing our own personal spark of that huge, primordial life force. It is the energy behind the breath, the heartbeat, and the movement of our thoughts and feelings. It is also the source of all our inner experiences. When we get deep into ourselves, we realize that this throb, this subtle pulsation, is actually ‘meditating’ us.

 

http://www.spanda.org/SPANDAJOURNAL_C&D2.0_L.pdf

 

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HT @cyber_shaman

 


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Danijel Drnić's curator insight, March 19, 2013 7:29 PM

..i stvarno je tako.

Danijel Drnić's comment, March 19, 2013 7:31 PM
..there is circle I like to take for good example..and it goes something like this : TOUGH-WORD-LETTER-DEED. How can't this be real. I love this article. It say the true.
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12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People (like you!)

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by Kathy Wilkins. Click to see the butterfly image up close. 

 

Gust MEES: not ONLY for girls ;)


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26 Creative Ideas - How to Be Creative When Creativity Is Blocked | The Brainzooming Group

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Creative blocks are maddening, but Brainzooming offers 26 strategies to catalyze your creativity when you're stuck.
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Daniel Jimenez Zulic's curator insight, May 23, 2013 10:51 PM

Avanzando en creatividad e innovacion para la educacion.