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the science of failure

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i hadn’t planned on writing quite so much about failure … i promise i’m not obsessed with it … but thanks to ds106 i keep finding all of this AWESOME STUFF. this video from the tedx series, via jen maddux, touches on the science of failure, improvisation, communication, language, jazz, freestyle rap — and how all these related forms of creativity function neurologically.

A reasonable hypothesis is that, to be creative, you have to have this weird disassociation in your frontal lobe. One area turns on, and a big area shuts off so that you’re not inhibited, that you’re willing to make mistakes, that you’re not constantly shutting down all of these new generative impulses.

whoa. just, whoa.

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