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  • Spread @3:47AM, 2017-01-28
    Tags: , , creativity, ,   

    How Music Dies (Or Lives) 

    Via Utne Reader

    Art is designed to reveal, not to show us what we already see and know. Yet, the gigantic copying machine that is the music industry, by necessity, thrives on repetition. And when a system ceases changing, it has become a cadaver.

    Read the rest from Utne Reader

  • Spread @6:51AM, 2016-04-20
    Tags: , creativity   

    Creators are not mere experts 

    If only creativity was all about deliberate practice. We could all just practice our way to creative acclaim. But in reality, it’s impossible for creators to know completely whether their new idea or product will be well received. Oftentimes, the public isn’t ready for an idea. The creative product has to fit the “spirit of the times“.

    Source: Scientific American

  • Spread @3:24AM, 2016-02-04
    Tags: creativity, genius, prodigy   

    How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off 

    They learn to read at age 2, play Bach at 4, breeze through calculus at 6, and speak foreign languages fluently by 8. Their classmates shudder with envy; their parents rejoice at winning the lottery. But to paraphrase T. S. Eliot, their careers tend to end not with a bang, but with a whimper.

    Consider the nation’s most prestigious award for scientifically gifted high school students, the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, called the Super Bowl of science by one American president. From its inception in 1942 until 1994, the search recognized more than 2000 precocious teenagers as finalists. But just 1 percent ended up making the National Academy of Sciences, and just eight have won Nobel Prizes. For every Lisa Randall who revolutionizes theoretical physics, there are many dozens who fall far short of their potential.

    Child prodigies rarely become adult geniuses who change the world. Originality is difficult to encourage but easy to thwart.

    Read the rest from The New York Times

  • Spread @12:40AM, 2014-03-20
    Tags: creativity, flea   

    Creativity waxes and wanes. We’re very lucky. We’ve made bunches of fucking money. We could be sat on the beach eating burritos, but even when we’re pissed off with each other we sit in a room and work. Igor Stravinsky sat at his piano every fucking day. Some days it was rubbish and his wife was chewing his ear off — but he stuck at it.

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