The Creative Brain

Stanford University professor David Eagleman


With composer Anthony Brandt David Eagleman co-authored a book, 'The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World', which explores the key components and possibilities of creativity through the lens of neuroscience. The pair propose that there are three key elements to all acts of human creativity: bending, blending and breaking.

At the Athenaeum Theatre, Eagleman joins Natasha Mitchell to expand on these ideas, explaining how the human brain can remake the world.

Don't let mislead yourself by the photo that tels us this conversation could be about books and what has a chef got to do with that, except when he wants to write a cookbook. You might even think, I am not creative at all, I am a chef. I just do what the recipe tells me to do. I will never be a creative chef. But we think that everybody is creative! In fact creativity and ingenuity are the qualities that set our species apart, and so argues neuroscientist David Eagleman too.

As most of you probably have their mondays off, this might interest you instead of reading the newspaper. Allow yourself an hour to watch this and it might bring you some new ideas about how creative you can be. And for the creatives it is interesting to learn what our creative brain actually does. And when you feel like your out of ideas or you think you are only good enough if you create that one thing that nobody did before, listening to this will comfort you that it doesn't have to be like that. All the ideas come from something that was already there. Even the Iphone. A

And as a creative chef you get influenced by other chefs, but you could also become influenced by other arts, you might pick-up something from some other chef and add something from your own. That is not steeling that is called evolution of a dish.

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