Validation for all the White Space in my Mind…

Rex Jung is my new best friend. In an article in Saturday’s New York Times, the research scientist at the Mind Research Network in Albuquerque is quoted as saying: “Creativity is kind of like pornography — you know it when you see it.” I love that quote. So perfect. And so true. There is no doubt when something is creatively perfect. It just rings true. You know it. You feel it. Whether it’s the group “Yes!” in a brainstorm, or the collective “ah ha moment” during any presentation, when a creative idea, strategy or thought is spot on? You get it. You breathe it. You don’t doubt it. You just live it.

(Mark Holm for The New York Times; Rex Jung at the Mind Research Network’s M.R.I. center.)

And for those of us who are continually screaming that “you can’t put creativity on a deadline,” check out this section of the article written by NY Times writer Patricia Cohen

As for Dr. Jung, his research has produced some surprising results. One study of 65 subjects suggests that creativity prefers to take a slower, more meandering path than intelligence.

“The brain appears to be an efficient superhighway that gets you from Point A to Point B” when it comes to intelligence, Dr. Jung explained. “But in the regions of the brain related to creativity, there appears to be lots of little side roads with interesting detours, and meandering little byways.”

Although intelligence and skill are generally associated with the fast and efficient firing of neurons, subjects who tested high in creativity had thinner white matter and connecting axons that have the effect of slowing nerve traffic in the brain. This slowdown in the left frontal cortex, a region where emotional and cognitive abilities are integrated, Dr. Jung suggested, “might allow for the linkage of more disparate ideas, more novelty and more creativity.”

It kind of makes you rethink the term “deadline,” doesn’t it? I mean think about it… what could possibly KILL creativity more effectively than a DEADline? I’m just sayin’…

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