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Creativity Psychology

Mis-perception

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“In perception, we have three processes:  sensation, memory, and association.” – Hermann Rorschach

Imagine if “association” conjured up something out of the ordinary, something you had read or experienced in your lifetime.

When you follow the herd and consume the same ideas and practices as others, you often miss a different perspective.

To avoid getting blindsided, the best thing to do is learn how to think differently about your subjects.  Accept the commonplace association but reach further by connecting it with something deeper.

Smelling a fragrance, for example, may be branded and remembered as Chanel 5 but it should also promote an image in your head of grassy fields and the golden sun.  Maybe you even see a castle in the background.

Perception blooms when the imagination combines with the obvious.

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Creativity Productivity & Work

Maira Kalman on walking

I walk everywhere in the city. Any city. You see everything you need to see for a lifetime. Every emotion. Every condition. Every fashion. Every glory.

Wonderful things happen when your brain is empty.

Maira Kalman
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Arts Creativity

Curation is the new creation

Curation is now a desired profession, mostly because it has shifted from unearthing rarities in libraries and music crates to digging through the plethora of online content to find the most remarkable stuff.

Curators spend hours vetting material so the rest of us can save time.  But that’s also why self-discovery is so gratifying.

Often times we find something that hasn’t been curated yet and we love it for that very reason.  The discovery is our own.

Most of the time we’re surveyors of art and merely pin, tweet, and Facebook what a curator has already plucked for us.  We curate for our friends and followers.

Curators are not creators but get appreciated the same.  Curators have a good eye for art and how it gets displayed. It’s an art.

But we need curators to educate us beyond museums and into online.

Whether you’re creating or curating, innovation is recognized no matter where it comes from, how it’s found, or how it spreads.

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Creativity Science

A visit to NYC’s International Flavors & Fragrances

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of participating in a fragrance tutorial at International Flavors & Fragrances in NYC. One of the most important tips about smelling fragrances is to move the test strip back and forth under your nose. Our teacher taught us that our nostrils alternate between open and closed so the only way to capture the true smell is to waft from both sides. The second lesson in fragrance testing

One of the most important tips about smelling fragrances is to move the test strip back and forth under your nose. Our teacher taught us that our nostrils alternate between open and closed so the only way to capture the true smell is to waft from both sides. The second lesson in fragrance testing is to use our right brain. The right brain is responsible for emotions and gets highly activated when we smell.

Our instructor never told us the ingredients to the fragrances. Instead, we smelled the fragrances with our eyes closed and announced the colors we saw. It’s magical how our brains always associate the unknown with an image. Our brains crave certainty. Sometimes I smelled light green, Vietnam, and saw castles and mountains; other times I smelled black licorice. When one sense promotes another it’s called synesthesia. This is how blind people can paint. Music too conjures up images in our head.

When one sense promotes another it’s called synesthesia. This is how blind people can paint. Music too conjures up images in our head. A fragrance is our dreams, not words. The ingredients, nodes, distort the pure magic of the emotional experience in smelling fragrances. Smell is too easily commoditized. Our teacher passionately vouched for a return to the dreamy quality of fragrance. Colors mean something but words used primarily for marketing purposes distort what fragrance is for in the first place. The essence of a fragrance is in the emotion.

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Arts Creativity Life & Philosophy

Leonardo Da Vinci: “Art is never finished, only abandoned”

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Art is never finished, only abandoned

Leonardo Da Vinci
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Creativity Quotes Tech

MLK’s Tech Revolution

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“There can be no gainsaying of the fact that a great revolution is taking place in the world today. In a sense it is a triple revolution: that is, a technological revolution, with the impact of automation and cybernation; then there is a revolution in weaponry, with the emergence of atomic and nuclear weapons of warfare; then there is a human rights revolution, with the freedom explosion that is taking place all over the world. Yes, we do live in a period where changes are taking place”.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Prescient, a man that saw the intersection of freedom and technology.

Imagine the power of his words in 140 characters.