Sunday, June 17, 2007

Let's party ... the left brain is sleepy

In my own experience there seems to be a great creativity potential that can be tapped by diminishing the power of the right brain.
There is a whole evolutionary "theory" about it by the holder of the current sleepiness record (although like Ed noted, the guy seemed to be going to sleep most of the time of the experiment).

Without buying too much into this theory, my modest experimentation totally confirms two things:
1. I do have bursts of creative thought as soon as I deprive myself of a little bit of sleep (and I do enjoy those a lot!, can't deny healthy natural highs like this ;)
2. The full potential of the brain can be mostly accomplished by suppressing processes instead of creating new ones. This is a confirmation of Marvin Minsky's theory of the mind which I deeply admire. More on this to come on future post as I advance on his latest book about emotions.

General consensus on what the two brains are about:

Left Brain
Logical
Sequential
Rational
Analytical
Objective
Looks at parts
Rigth Brain
Random
Intuitive
Holistic
Synthesizing
Subjective
Looks at wholes

The parts vs. wholes thing reminds me of a story my friend Skooby told me about a book he read describing an experiment that made evident how different occidental and oriental perceptions on a same experience are. Maybe the explanation on this could be that orientals are more right brained and occidentals are more left brained ...

Update: Also it's said that music connects both hemispheres ... I like to believe this is true.

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