Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Where Good Ideas Come From and Neuroscience of Creative Thinking

Fostering Creative Thinking: Co-Constructed Insights from Neuroscience and Education
Dr Paul Howard-Jones, ESCalate (Education Subject Center), Feb 2008
Free 21-page downloadable, printable book.

The UK government presently considers creativity to be a key “employability” skill in terms of the creative industries and beyond, including within the sectors of science and technology (DCMS, 2007). There has been a recent flourishing of interest in the nurturing of creativity among young people (Roberts, 2006, Downing et al., 2007) and yet the provision of support for teachers and trainee teachers to achieve this remains a major challenge for education.  Read more.

Where Good Ideas Come From
Steven Johnson

People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.

Steven Joshnson also has a great 18 minute Ted Talk on this same subject with more detail.
Click here to view it!