When what we thought no longer works

My latest jigsaw is proving harder than anticipated. I did what was expected of me; separated out the edge pieces first to build the frame. I was taught that if you look after the edges, the centre will take care of itself. A completed frame creates reference points for building the image.

Often, there are no distinguishing marks on a group of pieces. When this happens, you can use their shape to work out which goes where. Often, there is only one right fit.

Not this time.

This time, I can’t rely on shape. The pieces are too similar.

This time, I think I will have to …

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Unexpected creativity

The opportunity for creative insight increases when we encounter new and unexpected experiences, so claims a documentary I saw recently.

I’m onboard for new experiences, but why would the unexpected make a significant difference?

This is the last in a short series of posts triggered by …

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Bricked creativity

It is said that insight is the movement from the known to the novel. It’s called divergent thinking, and the scientists have developed a test for it.

You are given a brick – a house brick. In one minute, how many new uses for that brick can you think of?

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Bubbling creativity

Some people are easily distracted. Mid sentence, the topic shifts. Something new has come into view. A song obstructs the train of thought. Creative insight might thrive on unexpected connections, but it is hampered by distractions.

This post is another in a short series capturing key points from a recent …

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Connected creativity

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 …

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Scrunch-free creativity

When I was young, I could only wink with one eye. Silly. Winks are only one eye. No, I mean I could only wink on one side. Yesterday, I managed to wink on the other side. It wasn’t a proper wink, with scrunched up muscles, deeper wrinkles and a crooked smile. The right lid closes with barely a scrunch. I closed the right lid and viewed the world only through my left eye.

But why am I winking at all? Yesterday, I pondered the fact that information from the left eye travels to …

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Browsing versus Building

I was an information browser long before internet browsers were invented.  This tendency manifests itself in a number of ways. When I finally had TV to myself and a remote control in my hand, I quickly became a channel surfer. In the library, I would play a game by walking down a randomly selected aisle, stopping randomly, turning either […]

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Guaranteeing the fruit supply

I found a rotting nectarine amoung the apples.  It’s bad enough buying unripe fruit from the supermarket that never turns into something nice.  But to buy something yummy and accidentally loose it because of a blended colour scheme in the fruit bowl …  such a disappointment.   I thought I still had one left.  I did […]

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