One of the researchers explained that the study showed the brain working as a distributed system:. This study showed that intelligence relied partly on high functioning brain areas, and partly on their ability to communicate with other areas in the brain. Aside from physical connectivity in the brain, being able to make connections between ideas and knowledge we hold in our memories can help us to think more creatively and produce higher quality work.
This great quote is from a Wired interview in Creativity is just connecting things. Jobs went on to explain that experience as we saw in the image at the top of this post is the secret to being able to make connections so readily:. Being able to read about a wide range of topics is often one of of the most important elements. I really liked how she pointed out the way our egos affect our willingness to build on what others have done before:. And that is the idea that creativity is combinatorial, that nothing is entirely original , that everything builds on what came before….
The more of these building blocks we have, and the more diverse their shapes and colors, the more interesting our castles will become.
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Author Austin Kleon is someone who immediately comes to mind whenever the topic of connections and remixing art comes up. Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist , a book about using the work of others to inspire and inform your own. He offers suggests like:. When it comes to the field of science, making connections between those dots of knowledge seems to be just as important.
He also suggested that scientists should expand their reading outside of their own field , in order to add to their knowledge so they would have more dots when it came time to connect them, later:. Most scientists consider that it is a more serious handicap to investigate a problem in ignorance of what is already known about it.
Lastly, science writer Dorian Sagan agrees that science is about connections:. Nature no more obeys the territorial divisions of scientific academic disciplines than do continents appear from space to be colored to reflect the national divisions of their human inhabitants.
For me, the great scientific satoris, epiphanies, eurekas, and aha! After all, the more knowledge you have, the more connections you can make. Start by reading more, reading more widely, and exploring new opportunities for gathering knowledge for instance, try some new experiences—travel, go to meetups or take up a new hobby. So trying something new and forcing a gentle brain overload can make a dramatic improvement for your brain activity. When we were young our emotional well-being was based on how other people reacted to us.
We would work hard at something, but no one would notice and no one would reward us. Wondering about what other people think of us is a clue to these past patterns of concern. Problems also arise because many rules in the mind were based on faulty assumptions. Mom might be upset at something else in her life but snap at us when we asked for something.
Perhaps mom is kind and wants to say yes, but has the good sense not to give us the pony that we ask for. The mind mistakenly assumes asking was the cause. It assumed that everything was about us and provided another rule to follow. Later in life the rules make us afraid of expressing our love and doing what we want.
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There was no other part of our mind monitoring it for exaggerations and common sense in those moments. We agreed to the rules without considering how it might limit our happiness and choices for the rest of our life. By this logic, following the rules of the punishing voice appear to be the path to emotional safety and happiness. No other part of our mind has been assigned to limit self-criticism.
We invested our faith in the Voice for so long that it took on a life of its own. It runs repeatedly with self-judgments and chatter completely separate from us. It is no longer a Guardian Angel. We spend our energy trying to satisfy its rules hardly noticing that many of those rules contradict each other. Amidst this mental chaos we forget that all the rules were intended to bring us happiness. For others, midlife crisis and disillusionment may not even be enough to challenge the false rules in their heads.
They might just make new rules and opt for new toys or a new mate instead. The reality is that the Voice in your head does not know how to be happy. It only knows what it stored in memory from the past about how other people would react. It knows how we should have behaved in order to get the best reaction from people.
It has knowledge of what we have to do for others to accept us. The voice does not know how to express love or joy, or laugh.
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The critical voice in your head does not know what to do in order for you to accept yourself. We can free ourselves from the faulty logic of the mind by choosing not to believe its rules anymore. But the Voice will not go easily. Just the thought of being without that Voice can bring up fears.
We are powerful creators and have made it strong by investing our faith in it for many years. You may not be able to pull it out with your hands in a day, but with some tools and time you can clear it away. It may appear stronger in a moment, but you have time, intent, and faith on your side. We will let go of the mind when we no longer accept the illusion of emotional safety that it offers. We will challenge the voice in our head when the fear of suffering under its faulty logic is greater than the fear of being without it.
Our desire to be happy is the force that will propel us to personal freedom from the voice in our head.
The path to emotional integrity and harmony with your mind is through awareness, acceptance, and forgiveness. The rules that the Voice has you follow do not usually direct you to follow your heart and do what you love. We have many other ways to overcome the Voice and be happy. Whether you realize it or not the voice in your head has been doing the very best it could to guide you towards happiness. Understanding this is a big step towards quieting that Voice, allowing you to let go of your complaints and judgments about the fallen angel.
Recognizing that it did the very best that it could will break the judgments you have about your mind. With an understanding that it never meant you any harm comes the opportunity for acceptance and compassion. Acceptance and compassion for your self is an important first step towards the redemption of a fallen angel that lives in your head.
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