Brainstorming on Zoom Hampers Creativity

Turning off the camera when trying to hash out new ideas might help

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#creativity, #mindbrain

We Have a Creativity Problem

Outwardly, we praise innovation. Inwardly, we harbor a visceral aversion to it, studies have found.

#books-and-literature, #creativity, #innovation, #research

What is Microdosing, and Does it Work?

Scientists are split over whether the benefits some microdosers experience are a placebo effect or something more.

#anxiety-and-stress, #brain, #content-type-service, #creativity, #depression-mental, #lsd-lysergic-acid-diethylamide, #mental-health-and-disorders, #placebos, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #psychology-and-psychologists

Cowboy Culture Doesn’t Have a Monopoly on Innovation

Despite stereotypes that suggest self-reliant values lead to the most innovations, group-centered societies have just as much creativity

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#creativity, #mindbrain

The Best Cure for Languishing: Behavioral Activation

As with just about everything related to Covid, we’re sick of languishing, too.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #creativity, #depression-mental, #emotions, #grant-adam-m, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychology-and-psychologists

Salvador Dali’s Creative Secret Is Backed by Science

The painter described falling into the briefest of slumbers to refresh his mind. Now scientists have shown the method is effective at inducing creativity.

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#creativity, #mindbrain

The Year in Fitness: Shorter Workouts, Greater Clarity, Longer Lives

The most vital exercise science of 2021 provided a reminder that our bodies and minds can flourish, no matter our circumstances.

#creativity, #dementia, #exercise, #medicine-and-health, #research, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #weight

Want to Get Humans to Trust Robots? Let Them Dance

A performance with living and mechanical partners can teach researchers how to design more relatable bots

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#arts, #creativity, #mindbrain, #robotics, #technology

Spark Creativity with Thomas Edison’s Napping Technique

Waking yourself from the twilight state just before sleep may help you to solve a challenging problem, a study shows

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#creativity, #mindbrain

The Peerless Imagination of Greg Tate

For four decades, he set the critical standard for elegantly intricate assessments of music, art, literature and more, writing dynamically about the resilience and paradoxes of Black creativity and life.

#books-and-literature, #creativity, #flyboy-in-the-buttermilk-essays-on-contemporary-america-book, #music, #tate-greg-author, #writing-and-writers

The Beatles “Get Back” Documentary Is a Master Class in Creativity

In a new documentary, ‘Get Back,’ the Beatles give a master class in creativity under pressure.

#beatles-the, #creativity, #documentary-films-and-programs, #let-it-be-album, #movies, #pop-and-rock-music, #the-beatles-get-back-tv-program

Oh, to Be Mentored by Virgil Abloh

The designer made it his mission to foster the talents of young creators.

#abloh-virgil, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #creativity, #fashion-and-apparel, #mentors

Joaquina Kalukango and Amanda Williams on Creative Freedom

The ‘Slave Play’ actress and the Chicago-based artist discuss generational gaps, success and the art that brought them each acclaim.

#actors-and-actresses, #architecture, #art, #black-people, #chicago-ill, #creativity, #discrimination, #holiday-issue-2021, #kalukango-joaquina, #race-and-ethnicity, #slave-play-play, #theater, #williams-amanda-1974

Cultivating Art, Not Argument, at a Los Angeles Law Office

Their office-tower studios could not be less bohemian, but the artists in residence at a law firm’s offices in California say the spaces spur creativity nonetheless.

#art, #casals-gonzalo, #creativity, #cultural-affairs-department, #legal-profession, #len-sto-artist, #los-angeles-calif, #new-york-city, #quinn-john-b-1951, #ramirez-edgar, #segal-molly-1983, #ukeles-mierle-laderman, #waste-materials-and-disposal

This Movie Season, It’s a Black-and-White Boom

“Passing,” “The Tragedy of Macbeth” and “Belfast” are just a few of the movies that forgo color for a more classical approach.

#belfast-movie, #branagh-kenneth, #bruno-delbonnel, #coen-joel, #creativity, #eduard-grau, #hall-rebecca, #haris-zambarloukos, #movies, #passing-movie, #the-tragedy-of-macbeth-movie

AI Generates Hypotheses Human Scientists Have Not Thought Of

Machine-learning algorithms can guide humans toward new experiments and theories

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#artificial-intelligence, #cancer, #creativity, #technology

Remote Work Can Be Better for Innovation Than In-Person Meetings

Seven steps for more inclusive and productive virtual brainstorming

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#creativity, #mindbrain

To Solve the Environmental Crisis, We Must Foster the Power to Imagine

Our educational system is designed to generate productive workers, not creative thinkers and doers

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#creativity, #environment

When Chance Encounters at the Water Cooler Are Most Useful

Research suggests that initially meeting in person is helpful, especially for people who don’t work closely.

#creativity, #innovation, #research, #science-and-technology, #telecommuting, #workplace-environment

A History of Great Friendships

With good friends, as with great art, our sense of the world is challenged and transformed.

#art, #creativity, #friendship, #writing-and-writers

Daydreaming Can Be Good for You

Far from a waste of time, daydreaming might be one of the best things you can do with your free time.

#creativity, #happiness, #memory, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Can Exercise Make You More Creative?

To spur innovation and ideas, try taking a walk.

#creativity, #exercise, #happiness

What Do Lars Ulrich and A.O. Scott Have in Common? A Lot, It Turns Out

The Metallica musician and our film critic have both spent their careers thinking about the creative process and how it’s received. They compared notes.

#art, #content-type-personal-profile, #creativity, #metallica-music-group, #movies, #music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #scott-a-o, #ulrich-lars

The Year of Telfar

A queer Liberian-American designer became the success story of the pandemic. Now he wants to smash the old fashion system to bits.

#clemens-telfar, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #creativity, #fashion-and-apparel, #fashion-shows, #race-and-ethnicity, #radboy-babak, #shopping-and-retail, #telfar-fashion-label, #your-feed-fashion

Meet GPT-3. It Has Learned to Code (and Blog and Argue).

The latest natural-language system generates tweets, pens poetry, summarizes emails, answers trivia questions, translates languages and even writes its own computer programs.

#artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #creativity, #innovation, #kaufman-scott-barry, #language-and-languages, #openai-labs, #your-feed-science

Facebook launches E.gg, an experimental collage making app

Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, has today officially launched its latest app, E.gg, to a broader audience. The app, a freeform creation tool described as a “GIF collage bonanza,” was announced earlier this year, but was only onboarding users via a waitlist until now. Today, it’s available in the App Store for anyone to download.

The app allows users to create and share canvases, which are basically mixed media “artsy” collages created using a combination of text, images, and/or GIFs. The latter leverages Facebook’s acquisition of the GIF repository Giphy from May. Anything you make in E.gg can be given its own unique URL, allowing others to view your content even if they don’t have the app installed themselves.

Image Credits: Facebook

However, if you do use E.gg, you can browse through other people’s work directly in the app. And when you discover something on their pages you like, you can easily reuse that content on your own pages with attribution.

When first introducing E.gg this summer, Facebook Product Manager Jason Toff described it as an “experimental new platform for weird and wonderful expressions of who you are and what you love,” adding that the inspiration for the project was the “raw and exploratory spirit on the early Interwebz.”

In other words, the early days of the web resulted in a lot more weird and offbeat creativity, because users were experimenting with what was possible — from dancing baby GIFs to awful font choices to tacky website backgrounds.

The question E.gg aims to answer is whether a more low-pressure, creative tool can help give people the power to express themselves more freely.

Facebook says that during its beta testing phase, people used E.gg to create create fan pagesguidestributesprofilescollagesrecipes and more.

Unfortunately, the app during its beta period had also been met with complaints from artists who claimed it was stealing their work. They said the tool had pulled in their GIFs without permission or credit. Facebook responded at the time to acknowledge the issues and noted that the reason the app was still in a beta testing phase was to get feedback about the sort of problems it needed to correct before going live. The company said it would hold off on expanding E.gg until it fixed these problems.

Presumably, Facebook has addressed the attribution issues, as the app is now live.

E.gg is available as a free download from the iOS App Store in the U.S. Users can also browse others’ creations via http://e.gg.

#app-store, #apps, #collage, #creativity, #facebook, #giphy, #instagram, #ios-apps, #jason-toff, #npe-team, #social, #social-media

Ken Robinson, Who Preached Creativity in Teaching, Dies at 70

Dance, he said, is just as important as math. He was knighted for his work, and his TED Talk on schools and the arts was the most viewed of all time.

#children-and-childhood, #creativity, #deaths-obituaries, #education-k-12, #england, #robinson-ken-1950-2020, #ted-conference

Is Virtual Burning Man the Internet’s Ultimate Test?

The cyberdelic extravaganza is online for the first time because of the pandemic. But maybe that’s not as strange as it might seem.

#burning-man-festival, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #creativity, #deserts, #festivals, #harvey-larry, #nevada, #san-francisco-calif, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers

Welcome to the Covid-19 Mental Health Struggle

An artist with schizoaffective disorder shares her strategy for self-care.

#comic-books-and-strips, #creativity, #graphic-novels, #mental-health-and-disorders, #quarantine-life-and-culture

The Unschooled Artists

Taking lessons in creativity from my kids.

#children-and-childhood, #comic-books-and-strips, #creativity, #graphic-novels, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture

How to Dress for the Protest

“On a daily basis I think about what I’m wearing.”

#black-lives-matter-movement, #comic-books-and-strips, #creativity, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #graphic-novels, #quarantine-life-and-culture

An Artist Captures 4 Months of Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

The next messages are yours for the making.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #comic-books-and-strips, #creativity, #graphic-novels, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Anti-Racism Books and Resources for Kids

A school counselor and a children’s book author offer advice for talking to children about racism and George Floyd.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #california, #children-and-childhood, #christiana-cobb-dozier, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #creativity, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #robinson-christian

‘Big Bang Theory’ Writer on Human Creativity

It permeates life, and, like love, it can break your heart.

#creativity, #love-emotion, #philosophy

Gucci and the Future of Fashion Shows and Gender

The Italian brand is reducing its runway schedule. Your Instagram is about to change.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #creativity, #fashion-and-apparel, #gucci, #michele-alessandro, #milan-fashion-week, #your-feed-fashion

Art Is How We Justify Our Existence

Our technologies are tools. But our creative works carry the wisdom of the world.

#art, #creativity, #museums

What I Miss During the Coronavirus Pandemic? Swimming.

Immersion, even just thinking about it, is the balm we need right now.

#books-and-literature, #byron-lord, #creativity, #oceans-and-seas, #poetry-and-poets, #stegner-wallace, #swimming, #water, #williams-florence, #woolf-virginia, #writing-and-writers

You Can’t Spell Creative Without A.I.

Advances in software applications that process human language lie at the heart of the debate over whether computer technologies will enhance or even substitute for human creativity.

#artificial-intelligence, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #creativity, #language-and-languages, #software