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Creative Thinking

Susan Biali and Nancy Andreasen on Nurturing Our Creative Nature

In her post "A Little Weird? Prone to Depression? Blame Your Creative Brain," Susan Biali, writes about a friend of hers turning her on to "The Creative Brain" by psychiatrist and neuroscientist Nancy C. Andreasen.

Biali says, "If you’re a creative sort, this book will make you feel blissfully normal in your strangeness.

"It was pretty much one big sigh of happy relief and recognition for me."

She goes on to include some of her...
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Overthinking, Worry and Creative Problem-solving

Imaginational and cognitive intensities, qualities of the kind of "teeming" brain that many high ability and creative people have, may be key elements for solving problems and doing creative thinking.

But over-active thinking and imagination can sometimes get in our way.

This number problem comes from the post Overthinking and Your Child-Like Mind and, as the caption notes (click to view larger size), children are able to solve it much more quickly than programmers.

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Blind Creators of Visual Art

A number of blind or visually impaired artists have created sculptures and music, but what about visual art and design?

Here are two examples of blind artists who have persevered to follow their creative talents, and are working in fashion design and photography.

Mason Ewing was blinded at 15 from years of horrific abuse at the hands of relatives.

An article about him reports that he is now successful as a fashion designer, and is...
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Tina Seelig on Unleashing Creative Potential

Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Tina Seelig, PhD also teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

In her post Seeing Your World in TechniColor in her blog CreativityRulz, she writes about one way to enhance creativity: Paying more careful attention to our environment, which, she notes, "actually takes some effort."

"Most people see the world in black and white, missing most of the opportunities in their midst.

"They travel down the same routes...
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A Creative Entrepreneur At Age Nine: Caine’s Arcade

“There is a myth, common in American culture, that work and play are entirely separate activities. I believe they are more entwined than ever before."
Laura Seargeant Richardson, a principal designer at global innovation firm frog design, continues: "A playful mind thrives on ambiguity, complexity, and improvisation—the very things needed to innovate and come up with creative solutions to the massive global challenges in economics, the environment, education, and more.”

From my post Creative...
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Reclaiming Our Creativity – Part 2

“I have never been a fan of learning in a classroom. Inside a laboratory or a garage, I always wanted to know more, but never inside a classroom.”

Caltech physicist Caolionn O’Connell, PhD.

"It is often said that education and training are the keys to the future. They are, but a key can be turned in two directions."
Ken Robinson continues, "Turn it one way and you lock resources away, even from those they belong to. Turn it...
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Reclaiming Our Creativity

"They wondered if that capacity for creativity they remembered from their youth would or could ever return." Lisa Rivero

How can we successfully hold on to the creative thinking and passions we had earlier in life?

Ken Robinson and many other writers and leaders warn that too many children are having their intellectual and creative abilities eroded by educational institutions.

We may find inspiration to be more creative in art classes and writing workshops - but what...
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Improvising Creativity

Definitions of the word "improvise" include "to compose, play, recite, or sing on the spur of the moment, without previous preparation" and "to make, provide, or arrange from whatever materials are readily available."

One of the elements of creativity tests such as the widely used Torrance Test of Creative Thinking is questions about "unusual uses" - such as, "How many uses can you think of for a tin can?"

That sounds like a cognitive sort...
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