in other news, lately i've been reading about the default mode network and its effects on creativity and honestly ? it's real. like yesterday i made some headway on an idea that i'd been bouncing around for almost a month now, and it's because i let myself zone out in an airport instead of listening to a podcast or whatever.
interesting interview that got me started on this kick: https://www.gq.com/story/how-and-why-you-should-be-bored
and yes, science is a "creative profession"; don't let anybody tell you otherwise! problem-solving requires creativity, and scientists sure do a lot of problem-solving.
in behavioral science specifically, we're always developing new ideas of how unseen constructs govern our daily lives, as well as new ways to test those constructs. creativity is essential for that.
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although tbh a lot of the recent emphasis on "creativity" as a marketable trait is borne out of anxiety over automation and generally precarious employment conditions. if you're creative you're "irreplaceable", right?... right?!
It would be interesting to thinks about how boredom, creativity and privacy are related. Off the top of my head, it seems we need some amount of both boredom and privacy to be creative, but how are they related? I wonder if there are studies on this (with a broad enough construct of privacy).
Personally I find I can think so much better with pen and paper than with computer. I can do the more mechanical work on the computer but the really creative stuff, not really.
yeah I get that about the pen-and-paper thing too! some of that might be also that the computer is kind of limited/cumbersome in the ways you can record ideas—the "best"/easiest/most future-proof way being plain text... but not all my ideas come to me in a textual form, or at a speed where I can write them down fast enough.
re: privacy, my most creative moments have definitely been alone, with no one looking over my shoulder. sometimes you're just not ready to share!
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