Wired to Create

Wired to Create

Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

Book - 2015
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"Is it possible to make sense of something as elusive as creativity? Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman's groundbreaking research and Carolyn Gregoire's popular article in the Huffington Post, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the "messy minds" of highly creative people. Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, the book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Kaufman and Gregoire untangle a series of paradoxes-- like mindfulness and daydreaming, seriousness and play, openness and sensitivity, and solitude and collaboration - to show that it is by embracing our own contradictions that we are able to tap into our deepest creativity. Each chapter explores one of the ten attributes and habits of highly creative people: Imaginative Play * Passion * Daydreaming * Solitude * Intuition * Openness to Experience * Mindfulness * Sensitivity * Turning Adversity into Advantage * Thinking Differently With insights from the work and lives of Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Proust, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Edison, Josephine Baker, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, musician Thom Yorke, chess champion Josh Waitzkin, video-game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, and many other creative luminaries, Wired to Create helps us better understand creativity - and shows us how to enrich this essential aspect of our lives. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Perigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2015
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780399174100
Characteristics: xxxiv, 252 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Gregoire, Carolyn
Call Number: 153.35 KAU


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Oct 02, 2019

I don't think i've ever seen another popular-level exposition on the neuroscience behind creativity, so it's certainly worth a browse, of interest to those interested in such matters.

Additionally, there are also interesting tips on how to raise ones own creativity. E.g. close your eyes! (see 73). Telling your unconscious to deliver up ideas later also works (Norman Mailer technique). Showers are another favourite.

But the basic problem is that we want to have our cake and eat it too. We want to fit in, have a role in society. That means specializing, converging. Creativity is the diametric opposite. We think we can just tweak the formula, goose it up a little with a few tricks and we'll be wondrously creative and yet perfectly normal. Ain't gonna happen. Still, you can open a window in your brain, ventilate your mind. Can't hurt!


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