Design is the conscious imposition of meaningful order.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
...new ideas are merely several old thoughts that occur at the exact same time.
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
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
The imagination is unleashed by constraints. You break out of the box by stepping into shackles.
Creativity is a spark. It can be excruciating when we're rubbing two rocks together and getting nothing. And it can be intensely satisfying when the flame catches and a new idea sweeps around the world.
Creativity is not a trait that we inherit in our genes or a blessing bestowed by the angels. It's a skill.
We need to be willing to risk embarrassment, ask silly questions, surround ourselves with people who don't know what we're talking about. We need to leave behind the safety of our expertise.
The best way to solve a problem? Try explaining it to somebody outside your field.
While human nature largely determines how we hear the notes, it is nurture that lets us hear the music.
there simply is no way to describe the past without lying. Our memories are not like fiction. They are fiction.
And so we keep on thinking, because the next thought might be the answer.
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.
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.
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.
Grit is the stubborn refusal to quit.
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.
The one reality science cannot reduce is the only reality we will ever know.
[It's] troubling because it reminds us how difficult it is to prove anything. We like to pretend that our experiments define the truth for us. But that's often not the case. 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. Whe
The only way to maximize group creativityâ€”to make the whole more than the sum of its partsâ€”is to encourage a candid discussion of mistakes. In part, this is because the acceptance of error reduces cost. When you believe your flaws will be quickly corrected by the group, you're less worried about
I want to give people theories, I want to expose them to scientific stories that force them to re-evaluate the way they use these three pounds of meat inside their head.
What you discover when you look at creativity from the perspective of the brain is that it is universal. We're all creative all of the time, we can't help but be creative.
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
It's a hard thing to describe. It's just this sense that you got something to say.