Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity. As scientists now understand it, creativity is far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional). In fact, creativity is thought to involve a number of cognitive processes, neural pathways and emotions, and we still don’t have the full picture of how the imaginative mind works.
And psychologically speaking, creative personality types are difficult to pin down, largely because they’re complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. And it’s not just a stereotype of the “tortured artist” — artists really may be more complicated people. Research has suggested that creativity involves the coming together of a multitude of traits, behaviors and social influences.
Snowflakes owe their gorgeous geometry to the fact that water expands when it freezes. First, a water droplet freezes around a dust particle in the atmosphere. As more water molecules land on the crystal, arms project outward in six directions. The flake’s unique shape is determined by the ambient temperature and humidity.
Watch fascinating video.
Bill Nye takes a whack at dispelling the myths surrounding child mortality and foreign aid. It doesn’t surprise me that Bill Nye and Bill Gates have teamed up. What does surprise me is that they aren’t in a band with Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, and Bill Murray called Bill Me Later.
Watch. The Tom Jones song is especially fitting and makes me laugh more than if the video were silent.
It’s not stress that’s making you sicker, it’s stressing out about stress being stressful that’s actually the problem.
OK, just watch Kelly McGonigal.
So, who’s really the happiest with their significant other? Here’s the picture you get when you cobble together the results of various studies on relationships — a totally implausible pair that reminds us not to put too much stock in these things. There’s no reason to force yourself into this idealistic mold when every relationship is, of course, different. But that said, the science is fascinating.