Artists ‘have structurally different brains’ – BBC News

Artists ‘have structurally different brains’ – BBC News observations on the article: study defines art as drawing; first paragraph claims study can spot innate creativity, but the scientists admit they cannot because they studied art students and non-art-students; study makes cheeky reference to “drawing on the right side of the brain” mythos while an outside observer […]

As a chemist, I agree that remaining competitive in the sciences is a critical issue. But as an instructor, I also think that if American STEM grads are going lead the world in innovation, then their science education cannot be divorced from the liberal arts. We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM […]

A Turing test for creative intelligence

A Turing test for creative intelligence The competition will test whether human judges can distinguish between human and computer-generated creative works. It is organized by the Neukom Institute for Computational Science, which is directed by Dan Rockmore, an SFI External professor and a member of the Institute’s Science Steering Committee. Read the results in the Washington Post (May […]

What about the man on the street?

From the great Morton Feldman “My teacher Stefan Wolpe was a Marxist and he felt my music was too esoteric at the time. And he had his studio on a proletarian street, on Fourteenth Street and Sixth Avenue… . He was on the second floor and we were looking out the window, and he said, […]

tumblr_mg7nviuvbu1qz6f4b austinkleon: Pink Floyd, “Wish You Were Here,” off Wish You Were Here (1975) 1973’s Dark Side Of The Moon made Pink Floyd rich. When they came off the tour, they were emotionally and physically exhausted, but they went into the studio in 1975 to record their next album anyways. It wasn’t going well. David […]

If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around […]

Scientists discover booze helps with problem-solving

Scientists discover booze helps with problem-solving moocha: Getting a buzz from booze may boost creativity. Men who drank themselves tipsy solved more problems demanding verbal resourcefulness in less time than sober guys did, a new study finds. This changes everything. New company policy.

Training children to use Microsoft Office is the contemporary equivalent of the touch-typing courses that secretarial colleges used to run for girls in the 1940s and 1950s – useful for a limited role in the workplace, perhaps, but not much good for life in the modern world. John Naughton on the importance of hands-on tinkering […]

Training children to use Microsoft Office is the contemporary equivalent of the touch-typing courses that secretarial colleges used to run for girls in the 1940s and 1950s – useful for a limited role in the workplace, perhaps, but not much good for life in the modern world. John Naughton on the importance of hands-on tinkering […]

Ira Glass on Being Wrong and Manufacturing Inspiration – Lone Gunman

Ira Glass on Being Wrong and Manufacturing Inspiration – Lone Gunman