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I am logical. No, I am creative. No, I am logical. No, I am creative. Do you ever feel like you are pulled between these two sides of your brain? Some days, you feel a little more logical – spreadsheets and word docs make you happy, while the thought of having to draw a happy face makes you frown.
Well, Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, invites you to re-think the sides of the brain. He takes you on a journey through research and brain MRI’s that show how you respond to certain stimuli. The book is a fascinating look at the way our brain functions, responds to events, triggers memories and pulls the pieces of situations into a coherent picture that we understand.
The design industry uses the right brain to help create new art pieces, new furniture and who knows what else. The left brain is our logic side – calculations and critical thinking are found here. However, Daniel identifies and stipulates, that the best individual is one who can pull the right information from the appropriate side of the brain and put it together to fit the situation. Sometimes we need more logic and less creativity and vice versa.
He explains that when someone has a stroke on the right side of the brain it affects their left side and vice versa. Sometimes we encounter people who appear to not understand what we are saying – that might actually be because that person doesn’t have full use of that particular part of the brain. I could be jesting about something and the person may take me literally.
Daniel suggests that we need to develop “a whole new mind” to evaluate situations and events that utilize both sides of the brain in equal amounts. This book focuses on the idea that right brain thinking will be depended on heavily in the future as we grow and change the way we interact.
This book was fantastic! If you are a research junkie, you will not be disappointed. If you work in a logical business (engineering for example), I would highly suggest that you challe
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
Clearly Pink is on to something here. However, he doesn't help us put all the pieces together. The book was well written and thought provoking, but it left my right brain searching for the holistic meaning behind his writing. Where does this "theory" fit into the bigger picture of my life?
22 of 25 people found this review helpful
This book may have some flaws, but it is a useful read to get us left brainers out of our complacent and confident ruts...it introduces us to the rest of the world which is well worth exploring. They say we never stop learning, well this book helps give us a bit of a nudge. I for am one am grateful!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
As a creative myself, I’m perhaps not the best reader of a book like this. There are certainly lots of interesting facts in here but ultimately the (very) basic message is: the right brain is creative, the (western) world is getting more creative, so start being creative! Where it falls down however, is it’s failure to address how those who find creativity impossible or uninteresting (yes, they exist) are going to fare in this new creative world. It also throws around the word ‘abundance’ far too often for my liking. Yes, life is more abundant for many of us but there are vast amounts of the population who are still struggling.
I enjoyed Daniel Pink's vision of the future... his prediction that the three inexorable forces of Abundance, Asia and Automation will force the developed world to embrace right brained dominant thinking. The argument is framed well and narrated with the strength that we find only when narrator and author are one. I wasn't expecting Pink's series of references. At the end of each chapter on the attributes of the right handed brain he provides an extensive reading list and on line sites to explore further. This is like an exercise regime for the inquisitive brain. An engaging,easily digested work that will be well worth a second or third listen (and there's few books that can boast such)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is inspiring and positive for all aspiring artists to read. Such a good look into the future if
1 of 1 people found this review helpful