A few years ago I began filling out an application form to study for a masters degree in Brain and Cognitive Science at the University of Amsterdam. It felt dead exciting and prestigious, and I had some questions I wanted answering.
Having always felt the desire to create things, and forever having one hundred ideas spinning round my head, I wanted to find out what is happening in the brain when we have an idea, and what ‘creativity’ actually is.
I was frustrated with myself for having too many thoughts and ideas, but not being able to work out what tools I needed to turn those ideas into something tangible. So, I decided the best way to get better, was to hack my brain by learning as much about the science that defines it, so I could harness it to create really great things. Simple really. Apart from, as soon as I started my application, I quickly realised that I didn’t have the right credentials or qualifications, and I certainly didn’t have the funds to apply for the course. So, true to my conviction of the time, I put my questions and plight on the backburner, and got a job selling terribly-made kitchens instead.
I’m a bit older now, and as well as learning how to not give up on things, I’ve also had the opportunity to learn from some wonderfully creative people on how they bring their ideas to life. I’m getting better at following a process, and actually finishing things for myself and that’s all been wonderful, but I haven’t been able to shake the question of what creativity actually is and why we class certain people as creative and others not. I still find myself wanting to know what is actually happening to our brains when we say that inspiration ‘strikes’, and why so many of us feel the compulsion to create something out of nothing.
I’m still no more qualified or educated than I was when I attempted to fill out that application form for the first time, but I do now know that there is a whole internet’s worth of information and knowledge out there for us to access and apply to real life situations. So here I’ll be sharing the information, application, inspirations and experimentations that I come across whilst whilst learning about what we’re talking about when we talk about creativity.
Expect studies, and opinion pieces, conversations, and stories. I don’t know much, but I do know that I want to start.
This is for anyone who ever had an idea and didn’t know where it came from or what to do with it. If you’ve wanted to learn more about the way we think and why we do so, I hope you’ll enjoy learning with me. Because I’m sure I’m not the only one.