Cory Leonard

Searching the Brain for the Spark of Creative Problem-Solving – NYTimes.com

In career on December 9, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Understanding how the brain works (including the subconscious)  as a key to problem solving:

It’s imagination, it’s inference, it’s guessing; and much of it is happening subconsciously,” said Marcel Danesi, a professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto and the author of “The Puzzle Instinct: The Meaning of Puzzles in Human Life.”

“It’s all about you, using your own mind, without any method or schema, to restore order from chaos,” Dr. Danesi said. “And once you have, you can sit back and say, ‘Hey, the rest of my life may be a disaster, but at least I have a solution.’�”

For almost a century scientists have used puzzles to study what they call insight thinking, the leaps of understanding that seem to come out of the blue, without the incremental drudgery of analysis.

via Searching the Brain for the Spark of Creative Problem-Solving – NYTimes.com.

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