A few days ago I heard a piece on NPR (I could seriously start every post I write that way) about creativity that I found really fascinating. Robert Siegel is talking to neuroscience writer Jonah Lehrer about his new book Imagine: How Creativity Works (ordered. I love this stuff.) and the creative process from the perspective of the brain.
(Sorry to go all walking-dead on you there.)
Anyhow, according to Lehrer, “Creativity is really a catch-all term for a variety of very different kinds of thinking.”
Since I grew up surrounded by lots of creative (non artist) working class types, I’m really excited that Lehrer (and the brain apparently) cast such a wide net when defining creativity. It rings true to me.
And I’ve long endorsed Lehrer’s advice for when you hit a wall:
Just walk away. Or take a really long hot shower.
(or bath if you’re me!)
Also did you guys know the Pixar redesign (under Steve Jobs) only had one set of bathrooms?
Yep. Bathroom location as a means to foster creativity.
How do you define creativity? Do you consider yourself creative?
Nerd alert: I looooove talking about this stuff, so pretty please indulge me!