23 June, 2008

Our Amazing Brains

Today I was browsing youtube and came across a few ted.com speaker sessions. One stood out to me more than any. A Neuroanatomist, Jill Bolte Taylor, had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for. One morning she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

This awesome presentation is captivating and inspiring.

The second video i want to share is a video of Ken Robinson speaking about how Schools kill creativity.
"All children are born artists. The problem is to remain artists as we grow up" - Picasso

Kids will take a chance, If they dont know they will have a go. They arent frightened of being wrong. If your not prepared to be wrong you wont come up with anything original. By the time they are adults most kids have lost that capacity. They are afraid of being wrong. We now run educational systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make. The result is we are educating people out of their creative capacities. We dont grow into creativity we grow out of it.

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