A sober risk to deny reality

Alcohol and coffee are a study in consciousness – they both trigger experiences beyond the normal architecture of aliveness.  Neither beverage medicates problems away. Rather, they open the door to other choices and chapters in life that we may not have otherwise made. That second beer gives us the courage to ask that girl to […]

Imagination is a mental scratch pad

Imagination is a mental scratch pad, a place to delve into the urges of the non-existent. It is only there can we see what’s more captivating than reality’s everydayness. Imagination not only protects us from boredom, it also protect us from ourselves. It acts as a neuroprotective stimulus for brain expansion — we are only […]

The link between boredom and creativity

Boredom drives creativity for no other reason than that your mind needs something to latch onto in idle times. When you’re bored, anything goes. Ambiguity and hyperbole are the name of the game. Your mind loves stretching the imagination and failing reality. Sometimes people are too corrupted by reality and everydayness. To perceive something that […]

Art as psychoanalysis

Salvador Dalí’s ‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’ (1937) is a nod to his relationship with Sigmund Freud, the originator of the Narcissism Theory. Dali told Freud that it was “the first painting obtained entirely through the integral application of the paranoid-critical method.” Meanwhile, Freud read more about archaeology than psychology with a keen interest in sculpture. The […]

Placebos: the lies we make true

What the mind believes, the body can achieve. Look no further than a placebo who’s sole power is in its real effects. If it’s broken, only then do you fix it. But placebos work just as an app’s colors dupe the brain into submission. The slightest taste of sugar helps the medicine go down. The […]