The Challenge of Creativity: You Don't Need To Draw A Straight Line

The Challenge of Creativity: You Don't Need To Draw A Straight LineWhen people see my art, they often exclaim, "You are so creative! I cannot even draw a straight line!" My answer is the same, "I cannot draw a straight line either; when I need one, I get a ruler!" Creativity has nothing to do with art...

Why The Wizard Of Oz Has Been So Influential

Why The Wizard Of Oz Has Been So InfluentialFilm director Joel Coen – one half of the famed Coen Brothers – once quipped that “every movie ever made is an attempt to remake The Wizard of Oz”

Fantastic Beasts And The Mysterious Real Life Questions Behind JK Rowling's Magic Tales

Fantastic Beasts And The Mysterious Real Life Questions Behind JK Rowling's Magic TalesEven in the real world there are witches among us, and fantastic beasts – and a touch of magic, too. And so to mark the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, University of Birmingham experts have answered some of the more mysterious questions behind JK Rowling’s magical fiction. And they’ve made a series of short video explainers, too.

Does Mixing Drinks Cause Hangovers?

Does Mixing Drinks Cause Hangovers?
As a general practitioner, I hear a lot of colorful advice from my patients about what they believe constitutes “safe” drinking and how to avoid a nasty hangover.

Do Hangover Cures Actually Work?

Do Hangover Cures Actually Work?
It seemed like a good idea at the time. But a few drinks with friends turned into a few more, and the next morning you’re not feeling so crash hot. Is there anything you can take to help?

Revolution 50: The Beatles’ White Album Remixed

Revolution 50: The Beatles’ White Album Remixed
Last year, in 2017, the 50th anniversary remix of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band gained considerable respect from critics and fans alike. Now we have the 50th anniversary remix of The Beatles, universally known as The White Album thanks to its ultra-minimalist artwork.

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse: Animation's Greatest Showman Is 90

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse: Animation's Greatest Showman Is 90

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho recently criticised his players for not having the courage to take penalty kicks, declaring: “I don’t like Mickey Mouses.” His choice of words made him surely just the latest to misunderstand one of the most significant icons of our times.

Imagining Your Own Escape to Nature and How Media Inspires Our Great Escapes

Imagining Your Own Escape to Nature and How Media Inspires Our Great Escapes
Many people dream about moving to the country, escaping the city for good. Most Australians live in cities, but there seems to be a collective desire to escape the concrete and glass for green fields and open spaces. Those who do this are popularly known in Australia as seachangers and treechangers.

The Animal Guide To The Good Life: Play Hard, Work Hard

Play Hard And Work Hard: The Animal Guide To The Good Life
I am always repeating the mantra that we should “work hard and play hard”. But is having fun professionally productive? As someone who studies animal behavior I sometimes look to my experimental subjects for an answer.

Older Than Dracula: In Search Of The English Vampire

Older Than Dracula: In Search Of The English Vampire
The story of Count Dracula as many of us know it was created by Bram Stoker, an Irishman, in 1897. But most of the action takes place in England, from the moment the Transylvanian vampire arrives on a shipwrecked vessel in Whitby, North Yorkshire, with plans to make his lair in the spookily named Carfax estate, west of the river in London.

Why Has Halloween Become So Popular Among Adults?

Why Has Halloween Become So Popular Among Adults?
Halloween used to be kid stuff. To quit dressing up was an important rite of passage. It meant you were one step closer to becoming an adult. Not anymore. Today adults have become avid Halloween revelers, especially young adults.

The Snake Charmer: Can Anyone Live Beyond the Laws of Nature?

The Snake Charmer: Can Anyone Live Beyond the Laws of Nature?
There is an old story our Elders teach us about a Water Snake who lived in a pond up high at the base of a sacred mountain. He was a very healthy, wealthy, strong, and handsome man. He was on top of the world, you might say. He had the whole pond to himself and he had everything a person could ask for in life: plenty of natural resources, open space, lots of food, good weather, ample shelter...

What The World Can Learn From Greece's Passion For The Arts

What The World Can Learn From Greece's Passion For The Arts

Throughout the ages, Greece has created an inspiring legacy in the arts and culture. Renowned Greek philosophers, architects, sculptors, poets and playwrights like Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Herodotus, Sophocles, Euripedes and Aeschylus have made remarkable contributions over the centuries to the arts and culture and have left an indelible foundation for future generations.

Creativity Is A Human Quality That Exists In Every Single One Of Us

Creativity Is A Human Quality That Exists In Every Single One Of Us
When you think about creativity, it might be highly creative people like Mozart, Da Vinci or Einstein who spring to mind. They were all considered to be “geniuses” for their somewhat unique talents that led to global innovation in their fields.

True Innovation Generates Ideas, Not Wealth

True Innovation Generates Ideas, Not Wealth

Ancient innovators were poets, thinkers, artisans and scientists, not business owners. The classical Greek philosopher Socrates did not become famous for the massive dividends that he provided to his shareholders in the hemlock industry.

An Upshot Of Having ADHD Is Thinking Outside The Box

An Upshot Of Having ADHD Is Thinking Outside The Box
People often believe those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder face challenges that could hinder future employment, but a new study finds that adults with ADHD feel empowered doing creative tasks, which could help them on the job.

How African American Folklore Saved The Cultural Memory And History Of Slaves

How African American Folklore Saved The Cultural Memory And History Of Slaves
All over the world, community stories, customs and beliefs have been passed down from generation to generation. This folkore is used by elders to teach family and friends about their collective cultural past. And for African Americans, folklore has played a particularly important part in documenting history too.

Can Art Be Knowledge?

Can Art Be Knowledge?

Knowledge can take many forms. There is “knowledge by acquaintance”, as in knowing a person or place. There is propositional knowledge, or “knowledge that” – for example, knowing that the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016. There is also “knowledge how”, as in knowing how to ride a bicycle.

The Urge To Share News Of Our Lives Is Neither New Nor Narcissistic

the urge to share news of our lives is neither new nor narcissistic
Narcissism is defined as excessive self-love or self-centredness. In Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love when he saw his reflection in water: he gazed so long, he eventually died. Today, the quintessential image is not someone staring at his reflection but into his mobile phone. While we pine away for that perfect Snapchat filter or track our likes on Instagram, the mobile phone has become a vortex of social media that sucks us in and feeds our narcissistic tendencies. Or so it would seem.

Should We Bring Back The Sabbath As A Radical Act Against Total Work?

Should We Bring Back The Sabbath As A Radical Act Against Total Work?As a boy in late-1940s Memphis, my dad got a nickel every Friday evening to come by the home of a Russian Jewish immigrant named Harry Levenson and turn on his lights, since the Torah forbids lighting a fire in your home on the Sabbath. My father would wonder, however, if he were somehow sinning.

The Future Of Golf May Not Be On The Golf Course

The Future Of Golf May Not Be On The Golf CourseCould disc golf become more popular than ball golf by 2028? Ask disc golfers and they’ll say, “You bet – our sport is growing like crazy.” But for most Americans, the answer is, “What’s disc golf?” And the typical ball golfer will likely respond, “No – and stop calling my sport ball golf.”

Here's A Way To Deal With Bad News Overload?

Here's A Way To Deal With Bad News Overload?

For almost two years now, Americans have been confronted daily by ominous tidings. We are living through stressful times. Reading the news feels awful; ignoring it doesn’t feel right either.

Why It Matters That Teens Are Reading Less

Why It Matters That Teens Are Reading Less
Most of us spend much more time with digital media than we did a decade ago. But today’s teens have come of age with smartphones in their pockets. Compared to teens a couple of decades ago, the way they interact with traditional media like books and movies is fundamentally different.

Memory Loss Isn't Just An Old Person's Problem: Here's How You Can Stay Mentally Fit

Memory Loss Isn't Just An Old Person's Problem: Here's How You Can Stay Mentally Fit
When I give talks, I am often approached by people who are worried about their memory. Maybe they are studying for an exam and don’t feel that they learn as well as their peers. Maybe they keep forgetting to close the window when they leave the house. Or maybe they struggle to remember an event that happened a few weeks ago but which everyone else can describe in vivid detail.

Pop's Superlative Shapeshifter Madonna Turns 60 With Style

Pop's Superlative Shapeshifter Madonna Turns 60 With StyleOne of the first albums I owned was a tape of Madonna’s 1987 remix collection You Can Dance. I’m not sure where I got it from – and I’m not sure I even liked it – but the bright red cover and Madonna’s hard, direct stare are etched in my mind’s eye even now, 30 years later.

Video-On-Demand And The Myth Of Endless Choice

Video-On-Demand And The Myth Of Endless Choice

If you like independent, art-house films or other specialised movies, you may have heard of the Romanian comedy-drama Sieranevada, which was released in 2016. The film was formally premiered as part of the main competition programme of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and was subsequently shown at other international film festivals, including Toronto, New York and London.

Now We Finally Know How Ancient Greek Music Sounded

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In 1932, the musicologist Wilfrid Perrett reported to an audience at the Royal Musical Association in London the words of an unnamed professor of Greek with musical leanings: “Nobody has ever made head or tail of ancient Greek music, and nobody ever will.

Our Stories Allow Us To Make Sense Of Our Lives

Our Stories Allows Us To Make Sense Of Our Lives
Our brains hold the magic that allows us to find our stories and to make and remake our meaning. When split-brain research began in the 1960s, the findings expanded horizons on how our storytelling minds work.

Why Sacha Baron Cohen's New Show Is Just What We Need In An Era Of Fake News

Sacha Baron Cohen’s new series is based on 12 months of undercover interviews.
British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Ali G, Borat, and Brüno), is back – just in time – with his new show: Who is America? Based on 12 months of undercover interviews, this satirical comedy series “explores the diverse individuals… across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate the United States”.

Why Exhaustion Is Not Unique To Our Overstimulated Age

Why Exhaustion Is Not Unique To Our Overstimulated Age
Many sociologists, psychologists and cultural critics argue that the rapid spread of exhaustion syndromes such as depression, stress and burnout are consequences of modernity and its challenges.

How Writers Exploit Our Brains With Plot Twists

How Writers Exploit Our Brains With Plot Twists
As a cognitive scientist who studies the relationship between cognition and narratives, I know that movies – like all stories – exploit our natural tendency to anticipate what’s coming next.

Twitter Shows People In Parks Feel More Positive

Twitter Shows People In Parks Feel More Positive
People in parks are more positive, and around areas like major transport hubs more negative, according to our analysis of 2.2 million tweets in Melbourne.

Why You're Better At Whistling Than Singing

Why You're Better At Whistling Than Singing
As far as mammals go, we humans are pretty good at using our voices. We sing, talk, lie — and imply — with the subtle dips and rises of our voices.

Creativity Has Many Forms and Resides In Every Person

Creativity Has Many Forms and Resides In Every Person
If you say, 'I am not creative,' then that's an affirmation that will be true for you for as long as you continue to use it. You can never express yourself creatively by talking or thinking about what a klutz you are. We create our lives every day...

How Images Change Our Race Bias

How Images Change Our Race Bias
Images are not static. They grab our attention, incite desire, alter our relations to others, and tweak our beliefs, as they usher us into new worlds.

Navigating Life in the Senior Years: Adult Children and their Parents

Navigating Life in the Senior Years: Adult Children and their Parents
When the issue of “How safe is mom or dad?” and “Can they stay in their home?” arises, it often causes a conflict between the kids and the parents. It’s natural to view the situation through our own lens, thus creating different and sometimes clashing versions of the same reality.

Can Art Really Make A Difference?

Can Art Really Make A Difference?
Artists persist in challenging assumed knowledge in their attempts to awaken the conscience of the world. Artists can become witnesses for the prosecution of the crimes of our times, as well as enabling some viewers to see the world differently.

Healing and Communicating Using The Language of Flowers

Healing and Communicating Using The Language of Flowers
Flowers and plants describe the attributes that they hold through their form, function and behaviour. The way they grow and attract pollinators; the way they look, smell, taste, feel and even sound, are all indications of this. From closely observing these factors, we have an opening into the world of the language of plants.

The Dark Side Of Daylight Saving Time

The Dark Side Of Daylight Saving Time
A train hurtled around a corner at 82 mph, eventually coming off the rails and killing four passengers. Decades earlier, faulty decision-making resulted in the deaths of the seven-person crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

There Is A Dark Side To Daydreaming

There Is A Dark Side To Daydreaming
Daydreaming is one of life’s great joys. You can indulge in it when you’re stuck in a boring meeting or a long queue. This seemingly innocuous pastime, however, is a double-edged sword.

What Makes Some Art So Bad That It's Good?

What Makes Some Art So Bad That It's Good?
“The Disaster Artist” – which just earned James Franco a Golden Globe for his portrayal of director Tommy Wiseau – tells the story of the making of “The Room,” a film that’s been dubbed “the Citizen Kane” of bad movies.

Why Icelanders Are Super Creative

Why Icelanders Are Super CreativeNew research examines what makes the people of Iceland so creative—and how the United States could adopt some of those factors.

You Are Creative: Your Thoughts Make It So

Everyone Is Creative: Thinking Makes It So
At times it seemed as though the impossible suddenly became possible. How can these things be explained? A stroke of genius, intuition, inspiration? Yes, probably all of these, but much, much more. All the ability involved in the logical process of reasoning could...

Why Boredom Can Be Good For You

Why Boredom Can Be Good For You
Being trapped in a tedious job, with no possibility of escape, is a recipe for real boredom. This kind of boredom is unpleasant and definitely bad for us.

Improve Your Ability to Reach Creative Solutions by Getting Active

Improve Your Ability to Reach Creative Solutions by Getting Active
To boost your creative powers, I suggest mild, mind­less activity. Go for a walk around the block. Get up out of your office chair and do some knee bends. Pace from your kitchen to your bedroom and back. Swing your arms in figure-eight for­mations until it’s mindless. Just get moving.

A Decision for Life: Living Our Own Unique Creativity

A Decision for Life: Living Our Own Unique Creativity
To live our own creativity in a self-determined way – this may be one of the most difficult tasks there is. Although we should first dispel a misconception – this does not mean that we just “do our thing” without regard for others. It is better thought of as a service of love for our community in attunement with ourselves.

Why Are Some People Are More Creative Than Others?

Why Are Some People Are More Creative Than Others?
Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can be considered a trait that everyone – not just creative “geniuses” like Picasso and Steve Jobs – possesses in some capacity.

5 Key Ways to Turn Retirement into Renewal

5 Key Ways to Turn Retirement into Renewal
Life expectancy has given senior men a whole new phase of life to explore. There’s no reason to see this as a dead end. More likely than not, it’s a whole new beginning.

The Secret To Creativity – According To Science

The Secret To Creativity – According To ScienceWhether you get mesmerized by Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night or Albert Einstein’s theories about space-time, you’ll probably agree that both pieces of work are products of mind-blowing creativity. Imagination is what propels us forward as a species

Creativity: Unleashing the Forces of Love and Joy

Creativity: Unleashing the Forces of Love and Joy
Creativity has nothing to do with any activity in particular. Anything can be creative. Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach -- how you look at things. You can paint in an uncreative way... You can clean the floor in a creative way...

The Science Behind Our Love-Hate Relationship With Festive Songs

The Science Behind Our Love-Hate Relationship With Festive SongsIn the run-up to Christmas, we’re subjected to a daily barrage of festive music – on the radio and television, in shops, train stations, restaurants, pubs and bars. So are you humming Jingle Bells or All I Want for Christmas while you wrap your presents?

Why The Latest Star Wars Is A Fable For Our Post-truth Times

Why The Latest Star Wars Is A Fable For Our Post-truth TimesThe Star Wars universe is no stranger to political allegories. Many viewers have pointed out the parallels between the original Empire and the Nazis, to give the most famous example, with the plucky Rebel Alliance cast as the US/British resistance who never gave up hope in the face of unconscionable evil.

Why Some People Can't See Pictures In Their Imagination

Why Some People Can't See Pictures In Their ImaginationImagine an apple floating in front of you. Now see if you can rotate it around in your mind. Look at it from the top, bottom – does it have any blemishes? How clearly can you see it?

Daydream Deliberately to Free Yourself from the Internal Debate

Deliberate Daydreaming to Free Yourself Up from the Internal DebateI have a tiny suspicion that someday, far in the future, people will look back at our ideas about the right brain-left brain dichotomy and laugh. I suspect they will wonder at our lack of understanding, in much the same way that today we cringe at outdated medieval medical practices.

The Shape Of Water: Choosing Love Over Fear

The Shape Of Water: Choosing Love Over FearThe Shape of Water is a gorgeous and entertaining movie, but it also has a timely, allegorical message about our willingness to accept difference.

Why Grown-ups Still Need Fairy Tales

Why Grown-ups Still Need Fairy TalesFor as long as we have been able to stand upright and speak, we have told stories. They explained the mysteries of the world: birth, death, the seasons, day and night. They were the origins of human creativity, expressed in words but also in pictures...

Creating Your Experience by Opening Your Eyes, Your Mind, Your Inner Ear

Creating Your Experience by Opening Your Eyes, Your Mind, Your Inner EarDid you ever say to yourself, "I wish that I might never again be afraid of anything"? Or have you met someone who had such a deep calm and peace that you have thought, "How I wish that I might be like that person"? Did you ever, in some still moment, feel as though you could...

Free Will, Quantum Science, Heart Consciousness, and Creativity

Free Will, Quantum Science, Heart Consciousness, and CreativityIf you want to change your life today—to make it radically different tomorrow—you must engage in the creative process. This process requires the ability to respond without sifting through past memories. It also requires cohesiveness of intention, and purposefulness.

Being Creatively Maladjusted and Spiritually Informed Social Activism

Being Creatively Maladjusted: Spiritually Informed Social ActivismChaya Grossberg is one of the creatively maladjusted. Her process of spiritual development can serve as a model for other psychiatric survivors who have not broken out of the psychiatric net and not discovered their identities...

Are Funny People More Intelligent?

Are Funny People More Intelligent?Albert Einstein attributed his brilliant mind to having a child-like sense of humor. Indeed, a number of studies have found an association between humour and intelligence.

Creative Dancing Changes Everything, Even Your Health and Lifestyle

Creative Dancing Changes Everything, Even Health and LifestyleAlthough we tend to compartmentalize our lives — this is work, this is family, this is entertainment — it doesn’t actually work that way. Everything we think and do and feel is interconnected, and what occurs in one realm of our lives affects all the others.

How Winnie The Pooh Teaches Us The Importance Of Play

How Winnie The Pooh Teaches Us The Importance Of PlayHe is famous for his love of honey, and being a bear of “little brain”. So Winnie the Pooh might be a little surprised to find himself the subject of a major new museum exhibition.

How Does Hedonism Affect Your Health?

How Does Hedonism Affect Your Health?I think I might be a hedonist. Are you imagining me snorting cocaine through $100 notes, a glass of champagne in one hand, the other fondling a stranger’s firm thigh?

Why Some People Have Trouble Telling Left From Right

Why Some People Have Trouble Telling Left From RightDo you ever have trouble telling right from left? For example you’re taking a driving lesson and the instructor asks you to take a left turn and you pause, struggling to think of which way is left.

How To Come To Your Senses By Taking A Spirit Walk

Come to Your Senses by Taking a Spirit WalkI had just been outdoors, but I couldn’t say what the sky looked like, cloudy or clear, or whether birds sang or if I’d felt a breeze on my cheeks. I had been locked inside my head, thinking. After that, a phrase I’d heard all of my life, “Come to your senses,” began to take on new meaning.

What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy?

What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy?Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) uses the body, movement and dance as a way of expressing oneself and findings ways of exploring and addressing psychological problems or difficulties.

How Tranquil Spaces Can Help People Feel Calm And Relaxed

How Tranquil Spaces Can Help People Feel Calm And RelaxedWhen you think about somewhere that is tranquil, what do you imagine? Whether it’s a wide open meadow, a deserted beach, or a river as it lazily flows along on a warm summer’s afternoon, research shows tranquillity is mainly found in natural outdoor environments.

This Math Puzzle Will Help You Plan Your Next Party

This Math Puzzle Will Help You Plan Your Next PartyLet’s say you’re planning your next party and agonizing over the guest list. To whom should you send invitations? What combination of friends and strangers is the right mix?

Why Elvis Presley Was Paid A King’s Ransom For Sub-par Movies

Why Elvis Presley Was Paid A King’s Ransom For Sub-par MoviesThis summer marks 40 years since the death of Elvis Presley. In the decades since the singer finally left the building, the hits have continued, his home at Graceland is now a top tourist attraction, and he is regularly listed as one of the top earning dead celebrities by Forbes.

Why We Can't Resist The Lure Of Mermaids

Why We Can't Resist The Lure Of MermaidsMermaids are everywhere. In July 2017 alone they have surfaced in New Brighton, caused controversy in Asda, reinvigorated toast, partied with the Kardashians, transformed maternity and wedding photography

Why We Still Love Jane Austen's Heroes, Heroines And Houses After 200 Years

Why We Still Love Jane Austen's Heroes, Heroines And Houses After 200 YearsTwo centuries on from the death of Jane Austen, the enthusiasm for her work and the Regency world she represents is more alive than ever. Austen herself might marvel at this. She had to buy her first manuscript back from a publisher because it came to nothing, and published anonymously during her lifetime.

How To Help Your Child Make The Most Of Summer Camp

How To Help Your Child Make The Most Of Summer CampTemporary relief from structured classroom teaching opens up exciting opportunities for kids at summer camps that not only feed their craving for fun, but also satiate their emotional, physical and cognitive development.

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