Shakespeare’s tragic plays, Mozart’s sublime symphonies, Einstein’s revolutionary theories—how did these geniuses create such magnificent and highly original works? Were their brains different from those of ordinary people? Using modern neuroscience together with first-person accounts of creative breakthroughs from artists and scientists such as Mozart, Henri Poincaré, and Neil Simon, The Creative Brain illuminates where extraordinary creativity comes from.
Acclaimed brain scientist Nancy Andreasen proposes that, due to enriched connections between certain areas of the brain, geniuses are able to tap into the unconscious mind in ways that most of us can’t. She also explores the link between creativity and mental illness, and she shows how all of us can enhance our creative potential through mental exercises. Clearly and accessibly written, The Creative Brain is a fascinating investigation into the mystery of human genius.
Nancy C. Andreasen
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As Nancy Andreasen explains in the first chapter, "This book has been bubbling and churning in my brain for nearly thirty years, and I am grateful that I have finally found time to write it...[and now] I'll be at your side as we embark on a wonderful exploratory adventure: examining what the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen once called 'the spark of the divine fire.' Our mission is especially exciting and novel because we are not just exploring the nature of creativity, but also the [begin italics] neuroscience [end italics] of creativity, a difficult mission that few have as yet attempted...I wanted to write about how extremely gifted people have created things that have made our lives, our society, and our civilization richer and more beautiful." She succeeds admirably in this book, a brilliant achievement.
Heaven knows, there is no shortage of especially creative people to discuss and Andreasen selected several dozen. However different they may be in most respects,...
A good read, and in good condition.
Interesting and fairly easy to read. Even my 16 year old grandson enjoyed (most of) it.
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