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Imagination and Creativity

Imagination is the ability to envision a reality that does not yet exist. Creativity is the inspirational energy and skill that allows us to turn that vision into reality. But creativity is not just an artistic ability to create “something from nothing:” it encompasses all manner of ways we synthesize, improve, modify, and personalize the world around us. Any aspect of problem-solving—whether encountered while parenting, teaching, or even debugging a database—relies on an ability to see a possible future and implementing strategies to bring it about. Every human being is capable of being imaginative and creative. While some people are inherently more artistically inclined than others, everyone can enhance their creative abilities with regular practice and by finding places of inspiration that stimulate the mind and heart.

The Neuroscience of Creativity

What happens in our brains when we compose a melody, write a poem, paint a picture, or choreograph a dance sequence? How is this different from what occurs in the brain when we generate a new theory or a scientific hypothesis? In this book, Anna Abraham reveals how the tools of neuroscience can be e...

Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

We’ve all seen the happiness on the face of a child while playing in the school yard. Or the blissful abandon of a golden retriever racing across a lawn. This is the joy of play. By definition, play is purposeless, all-consuming, and fun. But as Dr.

On the Move: A Life

When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: “Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.” It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going.

The River of Consciousness

Oliver Sacks, scientist and storyteller, is beloved by readers for the extraordinary neurological case histories (Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars) in which he explored many now-familiar disorders--autism, Tourette syndrome, face blindness.

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls “musical misalignments.

The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer

Bestselling author and peak performance expert Steven Kotler decodes the secrets of those elite performers—athletes, artists, scientists, CEOs and more—who have changed our definition of the possible, teaching us how we too can stretch far beyond our capabilities, making impossible dreams much m...

Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales

Oliver Sacks, scientist and storyteller, is beloved by readers for his neurological case histories and his fascination and familiarity with human behavior at its most unexpected and unfamiliar.

The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life

For thousands of years men and women have risked their lives and spent their fortunes in a futile quest for eternal youth. In this groundbreaking book, world-renowned psychiatrist and researcher Gene D.

The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life

In the last decade there has been a revolution in our understanding of the minds of infants and young children. We used to believe that babies were irrational, and that their thinking and experience were limited.

The Mind's Eye

In The Mind’s Eye, Oliver Sacks tells the stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the capacity to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the abi...

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