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Can you connect things?

March 25, 2012

If you can connect things, you are creative. READ THIS LINK.

This article focuses on a newly published book on creativity. There’s a TED link. There’s also at the end of the article, a re-connect with the Five Minds, the synthesizing mind, from Howard Gardner. Don’t think you’re not creative. You’re just hung up on the term. You’re TED Talk, I believe, is a practice in connecting ideas, as well as a message demonstrating your personal or professional identity.

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  1. March 25, 2012 10:55 am

    Neal, have you acquired / read this book? I saw it mentioned in the news a couple days ago and thought it sounded interesting. As you know, I do not rush out to buy books, as they tend to compost. This raised my eyebrow though…

    Thanks,
    Lee

    • March 26, 2012 5:35 am

      i might get it. keeps showing up in my Amazon recommendations. i think the book is heading in the right connection

  2. March 25, 2012 11:13 am

    I always thought great teachers directed me to connect scattered dots in myself to make sense for many things and I am forever grateful for those teachers to have created that “Aha” moments for me

  3. March 25, 2012 11:46 am

    Jonah Lehrer was on FreshAir the other night, and I sat parked in the car having a “driveway moment”. It’s all about connections, associations, and re-configurations, whether it be a pink bird with a mustache wearing a top hat, or inflatable balloons for water desalinization. There is no original, there never was. All the more reason to break down the walls of academic subject matter and bring real-life into education. Nothing in nature is walled off into disciplines, but we continue to teach that way. High test scores are not going to bring us out of global (and real) issues, only creative solutions will. This seems to be the most inopportune time to begin talking about national uniform standards – maybe we celebrate successful rule-breaking instead?

    • March 26, 2012 5:40 am

      One of my intellectual heroes is Stephen Gould, the biologist and writer who passed away a few years ago. He was very good at working across disciplines. An irony of doctoral level work is becoming a specialist, but becoming an informed generalist requires lifelong learning and the ability to look outside what one knows. Again, Gardner’s Five Minds for the future. we preach collaboration, then make you go solo with a dissertation.

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