Connected creativity


When I was young, I loved to climb.  I fell out of a tree once – flat on my back, a bit winded, a bit scared – but I’m sure it didn’t completely stop me.  I remember more controlled leaps into the air as we jumped from large boulder to large boulder in our scrambles.

This post is building on my recent ponderings about creative insight.  It’s a selection of posts summarising a great documentary I saw but my Mum missed – Horizon’s “The Creative Brain: How Insight Works”, broadcast recently on SBS.  So far, I’ve written about the way creative insight is born in the right hemisphere of the brain, and the way information entering from the left eye is more likely to trigger creative insight.

Onwards …

Having worked that out, scientists then asked Why – why would the right hemisphere enable creative insight?

When a piece of information hits a spot in our brain, it doesn’t just sit there all by itself.  The brain then pulls in additional information and assistance to make sense of what’s happening.  On the right side, the length of this reach is greater than on the left.  More connections happen.  More information is harnessed.  Turns out, the right side of our brain contains a bigger play pen than the left.

When we’re trying to solve a maths equation, we only need the confined reach of the left hemisphere.  24 + 57 = 81.  We don’t need anything more than the basic rules of math.  In contrast, mathematics gurus who create complicated algorithms for the computer industry know just how much more space they need to solve problems and create innovation.

My photo play for today tries to capture this idea with a combination of scaffolding – one from a water tower at Murrumbatmum and the other from an old mining rig at the Kalgoorlie museum.  Did I mention that I loved to climb?


Insight Connectivity


But if I want to encourage you to think creatively about the possibilities available in our right brain connections, then I should flip the image.  Now, that solar flare gets through via the left eye and hits somewhere likely to trigger some creative thoughts!

Insight Connectivity Flipped


I’m wondering how much of this type of manipulation the advertising industry and spin merchants are using.  Scary?




One response to “Connected creativity”

  1. ChristineR Avatar

    My discovery that brain cells (the neurons and synapses) do grow with learning new things is the best thing I learned last year during the “Learning How to Learn” MOOC at Coursera. Learning how to move new skills and memories from short term memory into long term storage was very interesting.

    I read (library book) about how the advertising industry uses the way our brains work when it comes to scheduling their sales – what products they put on sale and when, even what they call their sale, to prompt triggers. They use laybys and loyalty cards to gather data on shopping habits. My bank (NAB) anyalysis my spending and presents a pie chart in the sidebar when I log in! That’s scary. 😮


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