Not Taking A Lunch Break Is Psychologically Bad For You. Here's Why.

If you're not taking a lunch break, your creativity is probably suffering. This might seem obvious, but now there's research to back it up. And it doesn't even matter what you eat, or if you eat at all; what's important is that you physically step away from your workspace to recharge. » 3/05/15 11:20am 3/05/15 11:20am

Brand New Isaac Asimov Essay Mulls the Origins of Creativity

In 1959 Issac Asimov wrote an essay on where new ideas come from. It wasn't found until fifty-five years later, when Arthur Obermayer, scientist and friend of Asimov, cleaned out some of his old files. It is as illuminating now as it was then. » 10/22/14 11:40pm 10/22/14 11:40pm

Sometimes It's Worth Finishing Your Worst Work to Move On To Your Best

We all have one of those projects sitting around unfinished that we know isn't that great. It's easy to abandon it, but as writer Steven Pressfield points out in Entrepreneur, sometimes, you just need to finish it to prove you can. » 7/23/14 12:59am 7/23/14 12:59am

Can Galactic Empires Exist Without Faster-Than-Light Travel?

My newest science fiction novel, Lockstep, was recently serialized in Analog magazine. Reactions have been pretty favourable — except that I've managed to offend a small but vocal group of readers. They're outraged that I've written an SF story in which faster than light travel is impossible. » 3/31/14 4:00pm 3/31/14 4:00pm

The Science of Inspiration (and How to Make It Work for You)

Inspiration is fickle and difficult. We all strive for those bright "Aha!" moments, whether we work in a creative or logical field. While it's not a process you can control entirely, there are ways to enable and encourage your brain to have more of those epiphanies when you understand how they work. » 11/20/13 9:41am 11/20/13 9:41am

Looking for an extra boost of creativity? Try dimming the lights.

A new study has found that dim lighting may actually boost your creativity. But here's the best part. The test subjects' creativity was assessed by having them make up a science fiction story and draw aliens. Yes, really. » 6/19/13 12:15pm 6/19/13 12:15pm

The Right Way and Wrong Way to Let Your Mind Wander

We've all heard stories of inspiration striking out of the blue. It seems as though the moment your mind wanders, ideas and answers spring out of the void. Sometimes you can think about a problem logically for hours, without getting anywhere — but as soon as you "zone out," a clever solution pops into your head. » 8/09/12 3:14pm 8/09/12 3:14pm

Five Embodied Metaphors That Actually Foster Creative Thinking

People often describe creative thinking in the form of metaphors. We talk about "thinking outside the box," "putting two and two together," and "seeing both sides of the problem." But what if we could boost our creativity by taking these metaphors literally? We know our minds interact in all sorts of interesting ways… » 4/27/12 7:20am 4/27/12 7:20am

And now, Monty Python's John Cleese on the origins of creativity

This lecture may be from 1991, but the topic is timeless, the discussion is lucid, and it's all delivered by Basil Fawlty himself. Here's 36 minutes of John Cleese discussing the psychology of being creative. Listen to one of the funniest fellows alive talk seriously about how to become more creative, how to spitball… » 4/09/12 8:45am 4/09/12 8:45am

Watch the latest installment in The Feynman Series, featuring Joan…

If you're not already familiar with the Sagan Series, drop what you're doing and watch them at once, starting with this rousing first installment (warning, this will give you chills and/or make you cry). » 4/02/12 12:11pm 4/02/12 12:11pm

Some people are more creative when they're drunk

Are you more creative when you're drunk? It's one of those soundbites that you're liable to hear a friend spout off somewhere between their fourth and fifth beer — a little factoid that might actually sound somewhat feasible if only there were a scientific study lying around to back it up. » 2/09/12 4:20pm 2/09/12 4:20pm

A computer program "painted" this artwork from its own imagination

This landscape may not look like that much - it's a solid B+ in middle school art, I'd say - but this might just be proof that its creator, a computer program named the Painting Fool, is a creative being. » 1/25/12 5:27pm 1/25/12 5:27pm

The makers of The Sagan Series bring you The Feynman Series

Many of you are probably familiar with The Sagan Series, a collection of videos that pays tribute to the inspirational words of astrophysics-giant Carl Sagan. (And if you're not familiar with the series, you owe it to yourself to check it out immediately, starting with this emotionally stirring first installment). » 10/03/11 11:55am 10/03/11 11:55am

Our brains are hardwired to fear creativity

For humans to thrive, we often need to come up with unexpected solutions to tricky problems. Yet people are often skeptical and dismissive of creative ideas...and the reason for that is found deep inside our minds. » 9/05/11 12:00pm 9/05/11 12:00pm

Liefield's rebuke of PG-13 Deadpool is angry, testicle-oriented

Should the Deadpool movie be PG-13 or R? We all have strong opinions on the subject of just how outrageous the Merc with a Mouth should be allowed to get. But not as strong as the character's creator, Rob Liefeld. » 12/03/10 1:30pm 12/03/10 1:30pm

Should scifi lovers be forbidden from writing scifi?

A new article in Entertainment Weekly asks whether the dearth of non-franchise science fiction movies and non-reboot TV shows means that science fiction needs a heart transplant. Author Mark Harris gets it right when he blames scifi's troubles on the fact that scifi fans and creators are too worshipful and nostalgic… » 1/04/08 9:45am 1/04/08 9:45am

Telepathic Alcoholics More Common In Books Than Movies

Why can't movie science fiction be as creative as the books? Brendan at Balancing Frogs just read a collection of 1950s science fiction novellas about ancient telepathic civilizations, crystalline alien explorers and super-advanced humans who despise their primitive Earth cousins. Each story has at least one loopy… » 11/13/07 12:20pm 11/13/07 12:20pm