"Creativity is at the edge of chaos." Psychologist Robert Bilder
Creative thinking involves dual and often opposing qualities such as convergence and divergence, control and abandon, order and disorder, certainty and uncertainty.
A symposium last year brought together researchers from UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior with eminent Buddhist scholars for a "two-hour conversation about their distinctive yet complementary understandings of compassion, creativity, mental flexibility and attention, as well as the role mindfulness meditation may play in cultivating these qualities."
Participant Robert Bilder, PhD engages in research at The Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity, and "examines what he calls the 'action-perception cycle,' a pattern of brain waves that cycle through every 300 to 400 milleseconds. 'Creativity is at the edge of chaos,' he explained, describing how this cycle occurs over and over again as a person perceives and processes new information and decides what new action, if any, to take in response."
The article adds, "This creative process is a dualistic balance between novelty and utility, flexibility and stability — a duality, he noted, that has been illustrated throughout the ages in such concepts as the Taoist principle of yin yang."
From article Buddhists, neuroscientists come to a meeting of the minds, By Judy Lin, UCLA Today magazine May 10, 2011.
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