Monday, May 01, 2006

The Paradoxical Creative Brain (PDF - Page 8)
[January-February 2006 - The Dana Foundation's "BrainWork: The Neuroscience Newsletter"] To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge, must see unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder, must work hard but spend time doing nothing, must be competitive while afflicted by self doubt. These and other paradoxical ideas about creativity and the brain were explored by a panel of two leading neuroscientists and two nationally known creative artists during a public meeting Nov. 14 at the Dana Center. ... Education is failing creativity as well. "I think it is mostly inhibition of creativity that we see," said Pierre J. Magistretti of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Nancy C. Andreasen of the University of Iowa, and author of The Creating Brain, agreed: "Boundaries are created artificially that shouldn't be there. We need to train kids to see fewer boundaries, more integration across things." ...

  • See also the Webcast of "The Creating Brain" panel (Real Media video)
    [14 November 2005 - The Dana Foundation - Dana Center, Washington, DC] The participants were: Dana Alliance member and author of the new book, The Creating Brain, Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and MIND Institute, University of New Mexico; Janet Eilber, Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance and principal arts consultant to the Dana Foundation; Michael Kahn, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre; and European Dana Alliance for the Brain Vice-chairman Pierre Magistretti, M.D., Ph.D., University of Lausanne Medical School and Brain and Mind Institute, in Lausanne. William Safire, chairman of the Dana Foundation served as moderator.


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