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February 16, 2006


two things i have been thinking about:

1 - my former boss/teacher from my days as a neuroscience student told me that he has seen some evidence that memory is inversely correlated to creative thinking. in other words the worse your memory, the greater your creative ability. Anecdotally i've noticed i have more ideas when i'm tired - a time when my memory (especially short term) is pretty much shot.

2 - In the June 2005 issue of Scientific American there was an interesting study that suggested that people who are depressed are less able to deceive themselves. Depressives are BETTER at spotting the truth about how they are perceived by others, and better at understanding what role they actually play in shaping the events of their lives. As the depression goes away, so does this ability. Self deception keeps us sane.

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This explains a lot in my life. I have no memory... at all... Now I know why... Thanks Ze!

And depressives are BETTER at spotting the truth because they've spent so many hours in therapy....


Posted by: Xenadiva [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 16, 2006 6:18 PM

Totally disagre with 1 but 2 is right on the money (or right on the Zoloft, as the case may be).

Posted by: complicite [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 16, 2006 9:46 PM

I wholeheartedly agree with #1! I always do my best work and have the best ideas after I've been out all day and up all night.

I've always noticed it, but it's nice to know a teacher has come up with the same conclusion.

Posted by: Mal [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2006 3:07 AM

I completely agree with the first one (don't know anything about the second). My husband has ADD, and can barely remember anything - but he's incredibly talented musically, and one of the most creative people I've ever met. Maybe people who devote their brains to creativity don't have enough left over for memory retention? Or vice versa?

Posted by: rascalkc [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2006 6:27 PM


Posted by: oregoncoastgirl [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 21, 2006 1:42 AM

Wait...what was it I was just about to type? Darn.

Depressive people are probably more likely to be overly self-analytical. I've been trying to master this trick: I may be an unimportant cog in the vast and indifferent machinery of contemporary existence, but as long as I pretend that's not really what's going on, I'm fine.

I like to believe in different gods, serially, as a sort of hobby. It's good practice. I firmly believe in manufacturing an arbitrary personal religion as a key to happiness. Remember this: It's fine if you UTTERLY BELIEVE that you're Jesus, as long as you don't expect ANYONE ELSE to accept you as their personal savior.

...And you remember to pay the gas bill, and eat, and sleep occasionally, and useful stuff like that.

Drop me a line if you need anything sanctified...

Posted by: lukku cairi [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 25, 2006 8:33 PM

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