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RE: Aha! Moments: The Instant of Creative Insight

in #steemstem3 years ago

I had this happen often while I was studying math. I would wake up in the morning with the answer. One time, the answer I "dreamed" was so simple I was ashamed that it had taken me a week to find. I sheepishly turned in my one paragraph proof, and didn't tell anyone how hard it had been for me to complete. The next day I learned that of those who had managed to finish the proof at all, the next shortest proof was three pages! I was able to dream the concept in the simplest of terms, but couldn't find my way through it during conscious thought. I find the correlation between creativity and mathematical thought very interesting. Creativity and abstractness are somehow related.

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I can relate. Sometimes, when I'm working on something, I'll deliberately review it before I go to sleep. Then let my mind do its thing. Passive work :) Usually, I wake up with a good idea.
Thank you so much for commenting.

It's a great post. Our tendency is to try to pin this or that on one part of the brain, but the truth is far more complex. What I've learned from your post is that the all the parts of the brain (and I would not be surprised to learn that other parts of the body as well), work together and support each other to make a whole. I find it comforting.

Hey @owasco :D

not be surprised to learn that other parts of the body as well), work together and support each other to make a whole.

In this case you will not be surprised to find out that stimuli picked up by sensory nerves in the tongue can be translated into visual information by the brain, and consequently allow blind people to perceive visual inputs Ref. .

Pretty neat, right? :)

 3 years ago 

So taste the rainbow is not exactly a advertising jargon? I'm okay with that.

Ha! Good one.
Or .... just a fantastic synesthesia experience 😉

That is most definitely neat! And also comforting.
I was thinking along the lines of the hormonal system. I'm sure the adrenals (for instance) kick in or out when a certain type of thought is called for.
I think this could explain why our medical industry is failing us. It focuses too heavily on the part of the body that exhibits a symptom, and ignores all else.

Thank you!

 3 years ago Reveal Comment

So that's your secret! :D I seee....

😊