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  1. #1 Neuroscience of Creativity 
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    [I'm not sure if neuroscience would be considered a subgroup of the biology forum, or the behaviour and psychology one - it straddles a fine line in some areas, so forgive me if this is misplaced]

    I'm wondering what you all think about the current state of the neuroscience of creativity. Personally, as someone chiefly interested in phonological neuroscience and how it relates to poetry through language and music through sound, this field holds the greatest possible intrigue for me. At the same, I think the level of science reporting, and even the assumptions made first-hand in research articles, is below even the average of other science journalism, which we all know is low.


    My main gripe is that I think researchers and science writers alike are implicitly pandering to a self-help culture by jumping on evidence such as blue computer screens or alcohol drinking as increasing our ability to do word-puzzles, and suggesting that this demonstrates sitting in a blue room can foster creativity. This is such a giant non-sequitur, and I think it's disgraceful. It's wonderful that the field is so popular in best-selling science books at the moment, but it's disheartening that it's popular because it's filled with tempting lies.


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    What do you wish to discuss? The complex diction that you choose makes me unsure.
    Are you trying to understand the underlying mechanism of how brain generates new ideas, i.e. "creative" thoughts?


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    I don't think we can understand the value of art to consciousness until we understand consciousness itself!!! Obviously there is a definite impact of these things upon our brain chemistry and its definitely fascinating. However, until consciousness is quantified and capable of subjection to the scientific process, we won't have a thorough grasp. Already, numerous theories exist but none have found common ground as of yet (I don't think). Once that is established, then maybe the effect of art on it will transition from pseudoscience to science.
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    I fail to get the drift completely now. This IS a discussion forum, So idea is to talk of things that are reasonably discussable. If you feel that we (rather you) haven't grasped it enough to be clearly stating anything, it is better left as random rambling on some blog.

    Why get so complicated and bring in Art and consciousness and such stuff that you need to use rhetoric to describe?

    There is enough understood about brain processes to at least have a meaningful idea of what is happening when a new idea emerges in the cauldron of neurochemicals called Mind. If you check up recent works on this subject, you will discover that the matter is not only intriguingly fascinating, it is also possible to subject it to logical arguments too.
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    speaking as an artist(if i may be so bold) I do my best and fastest work when i leave the conscious mind behind and "quit thinking about the work and just do it"

    'twould be nice at those times, if i could have my brain inside a machine which accurately located areas of activity, and compare that to the conscious mind.

    long ago, i developed a distaste for the word subconscious----there has got to be a better term for those supreme moments of creativity
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