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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Speaking of the Brain

This comes from Imaginative Worlds which has been kind enough to add the B vitamin and Alzheimer's information to their site.

I of course am drawn to the post because many years ago it was proven in real scientific research that eccentric people tend to avoid dementia because they are able to use so many different parts of their brains and they tend not to fall prey to societal influences to compartmentalize every thing and every one.

The few who know me well would definitely say I am eccentric.

I can tell you that most bureaucrats and agencies are not fond of my eccentricity and they are grossly unwilling and unable to grasp the concepts. The bureaucratic types, are mostly in lock step with the mantra: "You mustn't complain about the system".

I guess its a reason why they don't read Koestler or my favorite book about change based on chaos theory, "Grow or Die" by G.T.L. Land.

The Science of Eccentricity
A quirky or socially awkward approach to life might be the key to becoming a great artist, composer or inventor. New research shows that people who behave oddly, but are not psychotic or schizophrenic, are more creative because they use more of the right side of their brains.

Psychologists believe that famous creative people, including Vincent Van Gogh, Albert Einstein, Emily Dickinson and Isaac Newton, had what they call schizotypal personalities.

Psychologists Brad Folley and Sohee Park conducted two experiments to compare the creative thinking processes of schizotypes, schizophrenics and normal control subjects. In the first experiment, the researchers showed research subjects a variety of household objects and asked them to make up new functions for them. The results showed that the schizotypes were better able to creatively suggest new uses for the objects, while the schizophrenics and average subjects performed similarly to one another.

"Thought processes for individuals with schizophrenia are often very disorganized, almost to the point where they...

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