Tag Archives: Creativity

John Moat and The Gist of Arvon

‘Midwinter, the red sun on the brink of the tree far side Of the valley. We sit, she and I, in the frozen wide-eyed Silence, watch the living come-and-go of our breath.’ John Moat, extract from Coda 4. Read the full poem and listen to an audio recording on the Poetry Archive. John Moat is a novelist, poet and artist, who […]

Gaston Bachelard: The Imagination is a Tree

Man is an imagining being.Bachelard, Gaston. The Poetics of Reverie. 1960. Gaston Bachelard was one of the great minds of our times. His prodigious ability, displayed in twenty-three books and expressed in subtle, suggested prose has produced the single most important body of thought in the recovery of imagination in the twentieth century. Beginning his intellectual career […]

Imagination and Art

An artist with a deep sense of working with the ‘poetic imagination, Helen Garrett discusses her work and the ‘conversation’ she has with her work during its creation. She asks “do these expressions of creativity come from the imagination or is the imagination a portal that opens this space and allows the conversation to occur?”

How do Brains Imagine?

Cognitive scientists hypothesize that our ability to imagine is the result of something called a “mental workplace,” a neural network that coordinates activity across multiple regions of the brain.

Discussing his latest research, neuroscientist Alex Schlegel explores this in its relation to consciousness and the future of ‘fathoming the mind’.

The Magic of Metaphor: What Children’s Minds Teach Us about the Evolution of the Imagination

Metaphorical thinking — our instinct not just for describing but for comprehending one thing in terms of another, for equating I with an other — shapes our view of the world and is essential to how we communicate, learn, discover and invent. Brain Pickings founder and author, Maria Popova, discusses how children have an instinctive metaphor-making ability.