Saturday, March 28, 2009
CREATIVITY & OUR TWO BRAIN HEMISPHERES
The cerebral hemispheres of the human cortex are specialised on the left and right sides; creativity emerges from a combination of attributes from both left and right sides:
The specialisations above appear to be true for 95% of right-handers. However, these can vary also between the sexes.
Women have their brains wired differently to men, and the size and physiology are also known to have some differences, which could turn out to be significant.
What is certain is that we all have the potential to be supercreative.
Our 100 billion neurons are vastly underused and yet we have achieved so much with our Creative Capital.
The prospects are tremendously exciting in The Brain Millennium!
[Excerpted from the 'Igniting Innovation' edition of The Braindancer Series of bookazines by Dilip Mukerjea. All the images in this post are the intellectual property of Dilip Mukerjea.]
Say Keng's personal comments:
From what I have understood from neuroscientists, the left and right hemispheres of our brain have the ability to communicate with one another through a small structure, already hardwired with a thick band of nerve fibres, known as the corpus callosum.
So, to build upon what Dilip Mukerjea has talked about in the foregoing essay, I like to share this wonderful insight from American astronomer Carl Sagan (1934-1996):
"Mere critical thinking, without creative and intuitive insights, without the search for new patterns, is sterile and doomed. To solve complex problems in changing circumstances requires the activity of both cerebral hemispheres: the path to the future lies through the corpus callosum."