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Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius
Michael Michalko
1580083110
January 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
What exactly is creativity? Why do some people seem to have so much of it? Can their secrets be learned? In this trail-blazing book, internationally renowned business creativity expert Michael Michalko answers these questions and more, bringing life-changing techniques into everyone's reach. Michalko has researched and analyzed over 100 of history's greatest thinkers-from Leonardo da Vinci to Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison to Walt Disney-to show readers how creative people think and how to put their secrets to use. It's no wonder that Entrepreneur magazine lauded CRACKING CREATIVITY as "Required reading for anyone in business." Packed with practical exercises and strategies for stimulating creativity, this original book will literally revolutionize the way you think and open up a world of innovative solutions to...


Origins of Genius
Dean Keith Simonton
0195128796
July 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
What makes an Einstein happen? How is it that some kids grow up to be Nobel laureates while others, seemingly their equals, go on to undistinguished careers? Dean Simonton, professor of psychology at the University of California at Davis, has striven to understand this phenomenon for years and has compiled his insights and research in Origins of Genius: Darwinian Perspectives on Creativity. His evolutionary perspective sheds new light on an old topic, suggesting that the genius is able to generate a diverse range of ideas, recombine them, and choose the "fittest" with which to proceed. These faculties might have a wide range of origins, including both genetic and environmental, and Simonton tries to pinpoint them and their similarities with the etiology of mental illness. His writing style is humble and personable, yet as...


The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius
Nancy C. Andreasen
1932594078
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. How does one define extraordinary creativity? Is creative genius a product of nature or nurture? And can those of us who are less creative enhance the creative capacity in ourselves and others? Andreasen (The Broken Brain), editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Association, brings neuroscience to bear in providing insight and expert analysis of the connections between extraordinary creativity, mental illness, intelligence and the social environment. The complex subject matter is punctuated with intriguing research, such as Andreasen's Iowa Writer's Workshop study examining the relationship between creativity and psychopathology; a study of London taxi drivers showing that their need for extensive memory of the city leads to a larger hippocampus; and a study of members of...


Genius and the Mind
Andrew Steptoe
0198523734
Aug 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
What is genius? Are there easily identifiable personality traits associated with giftedness? What is the link between intense creativity and madness? These are just some of the questions explored in Genius and the Mind. With historical studies of some of the most famous creative people, this
exciting book considers the nature of creativity and genius from a psychological standpoint. Chapters, written by leading researchers in the study of genius, span the range of approaches used to understand the subject--from discussions of the role of genes in giftedness to the importance of social
context in defining and acknowledging creativity. Mozart's precocity, Byron's mania, Shakespeare's literary brilliance, personalities of the Italian Renaissance painters, and the psychoses of many celebrated writers are all...


How to Think like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day
Michael J. Gelb
0440508274
February 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Here's a personal growth guidebook that's won the admiration and recommendation of Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate of England. He calls this "a brilliant, practical guide to awakening and training our vast, unused resources of intelligence and ability." Author Michael Gelb, founder of High Performance Learning and consultant for companies including AT&T and National Public Radio, says that we all can unlock the "da Vincian" genius inside us. Gelb says there are seven critical principles that need to be followed for success, whether you're learning a new language, studying to be a gourmet chef, or just hoping to be more effective on the job:

Curiosita: An insatiably curious approach to life. Dimonstratzione: A commitment to test knowledge through experience. Sensazione: The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight,...



Insights of Genius
Arthur I. Miller
0262631997
Mar 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
How can new knowledge be created from already existing knowledge? Insights of Genius shows how seeing is central to the greatest advances of the human intellect. Artists and scientists alike rely on visual representations of worlds both visible and invisible.

Insights of Genius, first published by Copernicus in 1996, explores the creative leaps that led some of the greatest scientists and artists to dramatically transform how we understand nature. The scope of figures runs from Galileo and da Vinci to Einstein and Picasso. Focusing on the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the age of modern art and modern physics, the book travels through the philosophy of mind and language, cognitive science, neurophysiology, and art history. Insights of Genius discusses intuition, aesthetics,...


Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and The Artistic Temperament
Kay Redfield Jamison
068483183X
January 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
The march of science in explaining human nature continues. In Touched With Fire, Jamison marshals a tremendous amount of evidence for the proposition that most artistic geniuses were (and are) manic depressives. This is a book of interest to scientists, psychologists, and artists struggling with the age-old question of whether psychological suffering is an essential component of artistic creativity. Anyone reading this book closely will be forced to conclude that it is. Very Highly Recommended. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Drawing from the lives of artists such as Van Gogh, Byron and Virginia Woolf, Jamison examines the links between manic-depression and creativity. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Genius
Hans J. Eysenck
0521485088
May 1995
Paperback
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Review
"...[Eysenck] expertly weaves together a vast array of research, and proposes a theory which, although as yet not fully tested, suggests a creative and viable synthesis of the research on creativity to date." Shari Tishman, Applied Cognitive Psychology

Book Description
Genius: The Natural History of Creativity presents a novel theory of genius and creativity that is based on the personality characteristics of creative persons and geniuses. Starting with the fact that genius and creativity are frequently related to psychopathology, this book brings together many different lines of research into the subject. Professor Eysenck provides experimental evidence to support these theories in their application to creativity. He considers the role of intelligence, social status, gender, and many...


Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
0060928204
June 1997
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Based on interviews with 91 internationally recognized creative people-among them Nobel physicist John Bardeen, arts administrator-performer Kitty Carlisle Hart, writer Denise Levertov, jazz musician Oscar Peterson, electronics executive Robert Galvin-this book offers a highly readable anatomy of creativity. As Csikzentmihalyi (Flow) argues, creativity requires not only unusual individuals, but a culture and field of experts that can foster and validate such work. Most creative people, the author suggests, have dialectic personalities: smart yet naive, both extroverted and introverted, etc. Expanding on his previous book, Csikszentmihalyi suggests that complex and challenging work exemplifies fully engaged "flow." Synthesizing study results, he reports that none of the interviewees was popular during adolescence;...


Creativity in Science
Dean Keith Simonton
052154369X
May 2004
Paperback
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Review
"This engaging and insightful book explores the four candidates that traditionally have been suggested to explain creativity in science. Recommended." R.M. Davis, Albion College, CHOICE

"This engaging and insightful book explores the four candidates that traditionally have been suggested to explain creativity in science. Recommended." R.M. Davis, Albion College, CHOICE

Book Description
Where do major scientific breakthroughs come from? Do they arise from the logic of the scientific method, or do they result from flashes of genius? Are they the products of some mysterious zeitgeist, or spirit of the times, or do they emerge from chance or serendipity? Dean Simonton provides an answer, not by choosing one explanation and ignoring the others, but rather by unifying all four...



Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
Rosamund Stone Zander
0875847706
September 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
The lure of this book's promise starts with the assumption in its title. Possibility--that big, all-encompassing, wide-open-door concept--is an art? Well, who doesn't want to be a skilled artist, whether in the director's chair, the boardroom, on the factory floor, or even just in dealing with life's everyday situations? Becoming an artist, however, requires discipline, and what the authors of The Art of Possibility offer is a set of practices designed to "initiate a new approach to current conditions, based on uncommon assumptions about the nature of the world."

If that sounds a little too airy-fairy for you, don't be put off; this is no mere self-improvement book, with a wimpy mandate to transform its readers into "nicer" people. Instead, it's a collection of illustrations and advice that suggests a way to change your...



Creativity in Science
Dean Keith Simonton
0521835798
May 2004
Hardcover
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Review
"This engaging and insightful book explores the four candidates that traditionally have been suggested to explain creativity in science. Recommended." R.M. Davis, Albion College, CHOICE

"This engaging and insightful book explores the four candidates that traditionally have been suggested to explain creativity in science. Recommended." R.M. Davis, Albion College, CHOICE

Book Description
Where do major scientific breakthroughs come from? Do they arise from the logic of the scientific method, or do they result from flashes of genius? Are they the products of some mysterious zeitgeist, or spirit of the times, or do they emerge from chance or serendipity? Dean Simonton provides an answer, not by choosing one explanation and ignoring the others, but rather by unifying all four...



Zen in the Art of Writing: Releasing the Creative Genius within You
Ray Bradbury
0553296345
March 1995
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
As the title suggests, science fiction master Bradbury occasionally sounds like a Zen sage ("You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you"), but for the most part these nine lightweight, zestful essays dispense the sort of shoptalk generally associated with writers' workshops. The title piece aims to help the aspiring writer navigate between the self-consciously literary and the calculatingly commercial. Other essays deal with discovering one's imaginative self; feeding one's muse; the germination of Bradbury's novel Dandelion Wine in his Illinois boyhood; a trip to Ireland; science fiction as a search for new modes of survival; and the author's stage adaptation of his classic novel Fahrenheit 451. Eight poems on creativity round out the volume; noteworthy are "Doing Is Being" and "We Have Our...


Creativity and the Mind
Thomas B. Ward
0738208272
Sept 2002
Paperback
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Book Info
Texas A & M University, College Station. Psychological research into the nature of creativity, ranging from solving everyday problems to geniuses such as Beethoven. Conversational writing style. For psychologists or the interested layperson. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


When Scotland Ruled the World: The Story of the Golden Age of Genius, Creativity and Exploration
Stewart Lamont
0641663048

Hardcover
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Igniting Your Genius
Curtiss De Mars-Johnson
0810841819
Jan 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Would you like to ignite the inquisitive nature of your students? Igniting You Genius is designed to help any learner explore creativity and imagination through original questions. By examining unconsciously held worldviews, students, teachers, and administrators will break out of their reticence to think outside of the box. An excellent resource to use for organizational retreats or to locate meeting icebreakers, this is the tool for tackling any situation demanding an expansion of learning horizons.


Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
Rosamund Stone Zander
0142001104
January 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
The lure of this book's promise starts with the assumption in its title. Possibility--that big, all-encompassing, wide-open-door concept--is an art? Well, who doesn't want to be a skilled artist, whether in the director's chair, the boardroom, on the factory floor, or even just in dealing with life's everyday situations? Becoming an artist, however, requires discipline, and what the authors of The Art of Possibility offer is a set of practices designed to "initiate a new approach to current conditions, based on uncommon assumptions about the nature of the world."

If that sounds a little too airy-fairy for you, don't be put off; this is no mere self-improvement book, with a wimpy mandate to transform its readers into "nicer" people. Instead, it's a collection of illustrations and advice that suggests a way to change your...



Igniting Your Genius
Curtiss De Mars-Johnson
0810842998
Jan 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
Would you like to ignite the inquisitive nature of your students? Igniting You Genius is designed to help any learner explore creativity and imagination through original questions. By examining unconsciously held worldviews, students, teachers, and administrators will break out of their reticence to think outside of the box. An excellent resource to use for organizational retreats or to locate meeting icebreakers, this is the tool for tackling any situation demanding an expansion of learning horizons.


Genius and Creativity
Dean Keith Simonton
1567502563
Mar 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
What underlies the worlds most acclaimed acts of creative genius? Can we predict who has the capacity to become a noble creator? These are just a sample of questions addressed by the studies in this book, tackled by the author in unique fashion. He first compiles large databases on samples of eminent creators and their products. The databases, which may include both biographical and historical information, as well as characteristics on the creations, are then subjected to advanced statistical analyses. In this way, the investigator can tease out the factors that led to the achievements of an Archimedes, Descartes, Shakespeare, Michelangelo, or Beethoven. We can also discover the reasons for the phenomenal success of certain masterpieces. By using these historiometric methods, psychologists can enhance our scientific...


The How to Think like Leonardo Da Vinci Workbook: Your Personal Companion to How to Think like Leonardo Da Vinci
Michael J. Gelb
0440508827
June 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
Leonardo da Vinci is the perfect antidote to a dumbed-down world. Perfect for anyone with similar aspirations for self-actualization, the exercises in The How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook are designed to provide a lifetime of cerebral expansion, using the seven parameters laid out in How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: curiosity; developing knowledge though experience; sensual refinement; a willingness to embrace ambiguity and paradox; linking the scientific and creative sides of the brain; physical poise and fitness; and understanding the connectedness of all life.

For example, to develop curiosity, one of the exercises has you ask people you respect to assess your strengths and weaknesses and to offer ways in which you could improve. Uncomfortable? Probably, for both parties. But if you're not curious about...


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