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How Creativity Happens in the Brain (Anglais) Relié – 6 août 2015
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Brilliant, insightful and logical explanation of the mind.
le 8 décembre 2015 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Exceptionally well written and clear description of the neuroscience of creativity. It is hard to imagine another field of science with so much persistent mythology that must be cleared before sensible thought can begin. Arne Dietrich does this concisely in a human, funny and easy to follow manner that few scientists can master. If you are interested in the science of creativity, reading this book will save months of sorting through complete rubbish and get you up to speed.
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le 12 octobre 2015 - Publié sur Amazon.com
This professor has clearly spent too much time in the classroom with young, pliable, minds. He believes that the use of shop-worn clichés such as "separating the Shaden from the Freud" (bang!), trying to "nail jelly to the wall" (oof!), and "you're gonna need a bigger boat" (kapow!) play as well outside of his cloistered classroom (or the 1970's). The writing doesn't get any better in the details: puffed up certainty mixed with the faint whiff of one who feels left behind. One example - he uses the catchall "Prozac" as his raison d'être to tackle the mind-brain issue in neuroscience, to wit "that a chemical can change our belief system is sufficient grounds for outright refutation of Cartesian dualism." If only it were that simple - Prozac has (problematically) been shown to be (quite a bit) more placebo than promised (sorry about all the alliteration - it seemed fitting given the hackneyed prose). And the correct spelling of Homer Simpson's most famous utterance is D'oh!. Ay caramba! In his own words: "over a hectic period of a few years, learned the nuts and bolts of neuroscience, including the ‘how to’ of publishing entirely useless stuff about the brain." Too precious for the "nuts and bolts" it takes for the work of a scientist, he tries his hand at gadfly. Two stars for sheer gumption.
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Concise,incisive explanation of how the brain generates creativity
le 30 septembre 2015 - Publié sur Amazon.com
In this refreshingly irreverent,witty,and down-to-earth book, Dietrich lucidly decodes the arcana of brain function and adroitly explains how creativity arises from it. He emphatically states at the outset that he disdains and abjures "pop psych" accounts of creativity that are long on speculation and short on explanation and evidence. He warns readers that he declines to offer what he cleverly calls "proof by verbosity", but rather addresses straightforwardly,concisely,and with minimal academic jargon the question of what the best research and theory reveal about how brains generate creative ideas. He thoroughly disabuses us of the mythconceptions, monolithic logic, neurobunk, and "new phrenology" fallacies that continue to plague and obfuscate creativity research and misinform the public.He not only explains why such ideas as "right brain/left brain thinking", alpha enhancement, and divergent thinking are wrongheaded and conceptually vacuous and bankrupt, but also goes on to employ well-established principles from cognitive psychology,and cultural evolution to explicate the brain mechanisms that lead to creative cogitation.He insightfully explains the distinctive features of brain-based evolutionary algorithms and how they operate differently from those of other biological systems, how the proactive brain paradigm accounts for putative teleological and foresightful processes integral to human creativity, and how the deliberate/spontaneous typology of creativity illuminates and systematizes what has hitherto been an inchoate cumulus of facts and findings. He devotes a separate chapter to flow, a "third mode of creativity" he characterizes as taxonomically distinct from the deliberate/spontaneous category.Finally, he covers artificial intelligence and robotic creativity, making a forceful case that the presumption that abiotic entities such as computers and robots are ipso facto incapable of creativity is both hubristic and uninformed. In short, Dietrich's book is an opal in a sea of offal!
A Different View of How Creativity Occurs
le 28 février 2017 - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book attempts to make the case that current ideas about how creativity happens in the brain are wrong and are basic a type of phrenology; i.e. creativity brain functions are tagged to specific areas of the brain. These theories are expressed in ideas like the left-brain/right brain split or the idea that creativity occurs when there is divergent thinking. Dietrich shows the weakness in this thinking by asking how divergent thinking can gain the prize if creative ideas can also come from convergent thinking. His claim is that neural processes are involved in explicit and implicit thinking that mimic biological evolution and therefore are another type evolution. The idea of agency – planning, expectation, intent – is an evolutionary development to create the impression of agency. Dietrich warns against falling for Cartesian dualism and falling into the trap that there is some inexplicable force that brings on creativity, the so-called “sky hook” move. Creativity must be bottom up, enabled by mechanisms, processes and neural activity that we do not yet fully understand. I don’t necessarily have a problem with that notion but Dietrich bludgeons you with his constant warnings against it, making the work at times like a sideswipe against any deistic or theistic notions. In this regard he appears to show some inconsistency as he rebukes the notion of the Descartes mental theater and ghost in the machine but then refers to activity in the brain undertaken by demons and parliamentary advocates vying for position and replaces the theater with a blackboard – not sure what the difference is. The book succeeds in debunking the current erroneous notions of how creativity happens in the brain but I think it only lays the groundwork for a substitute.