The best way to solve a problem? Try explaining it to somebody outside your field.
Children can't help but create: they need to put their mind on the page, they want to paint, to sculpt, to write short stories.
It's a hard thing to describe. It's just this sense that you got something to say.
To have a style is to be stuck.
Just because an idea is true doesn't mean it can be proved. And just because an idea can be proved doesn't mean it's true.
Creativity shouldn't be seen as something otherworldly. It shouldn't be thought of as a process reserved for artists and inventors and other 'creative types.' The human mind, after all, has the creative impulse built into its operating system, hard-wired into its most essential programming code. At
The vocational approach at NOCCA (New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts) helps build grit in students. It teaches them how to be single-minded in pursuit of a goal, to sacrifice for the sake of a passion. The teachers demand hard work from their kids because they know, from personal experience, t
Even when alternative views are clearly wrong, being exposed to them still expands our creative potential. In a way, the power of dissent is the power of surprise. After hearing someone shout out an errant answer, we work to understand it, which causes us to reassess our initial assumptions and try
The great ages did not perhaps produce much more talent than ours,' [T.S.] Eliot wrote. 'But less talent was wasted.
...new ideas are merely several old thoughts that occur at the exact same time.
And so we keep on thinking, because the next thought might be the answer.
The one reality science cannot reduce is the only reality we will ever know.
Creativity is not a trait that we inherit in our genes or a blessing bestowed by the angels. It's a skill.
It doesn't matter if people are playing jazz or writing poetry. If they want to be successful, they need to learn how to persist and persevere and keep on working until the work is done... I bet there isn't a single highly successful person who has not depended on grit. Nobody is talented enough to
Every creative story is different. And every creative story is the same. There was nothing. Now there is something. It's almost like magic.
By the age of 3, children from wealthier households hear, on average, about 500,000 encouragements and 80,000 discouragements. The ratio is reversed in households on welfare.
Like a work of art, we exceed our materials. Science needs art to frame the mystery, but art needs science so that not everything is a mystery. Neither truth alone is our solution, for our reality exists in plural
If you're trying to be more creative, one of the most important things you can do is increase the volume and diversity of the information to which you are exposed.
You know more than you know.
Harlow would later write, "If monkeys have taught us anything, it's that you've got to learn how to love before you learn how to live.
So let's not pretend that travel is always fun. We don't spend 10 hours lost in the Louvre because we like it, and the view from the top of Machu Picchu probably doesn't make up for the hassle of lost luggage. (More often than not, I need a holiday after my holiday.) We travel because we need to, be
Every creative story is different. And yet every creative story is the same: There was nothing, now there is something. It's almost like magic.
For too long, we've assumed that there is a single template for human nature, which is why we diagnose most deviations as disorders. But the reality is that there are many different kinds of minds. And that's a very good thing.
Knowledge can be a subtle curse. When we learn about the world, we also learn all the reasons why the world cannot be changed. We get used to our failures and imperfections. We become numb to the possibilities of something new
there simply is no way to describe the past without lying. Our memories are not like fiction. They are fiction.
People assume that they perceive reality as it is, that our senses accurately record the outside world. Yet the science suggests that, in important ways, people experience reality not as it is, but as they expect it to be.
We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything. Several new science papers suggest that getting away is an essential habit of effective
While human nature largely determines how we hear the notes, it is nurture that lets us hear the music.
I always wanted to be a scientist, I always thought I'd be a scientist, that was the narrative I was carrying around. I worked in a neuroscience lab as an undergraduate and then after, almost five years in total, but I realized I just wasn't good at science. I didn't have the discipline for it.
How do we regulate our emotions? The answer is surprisingly simple: by thinking about them. The prefrontal cortex allows each of us to contemplate his or her own mind, a talent psychologists call metacognition. We know when we are angry; every emotional state comes with self-awareness attached, so t