BrainDance.com Newsletter: February, 1997
by Patrick Magee, author of Brain Dancing
"One test is worth a thousand expert opinions." --Bill Nye the Science Guy
Summary of this issue:
- Making the Most of the Internet Information Ocean
- Q&A on the Creative Process
- Stress and Adaptive Energy
- Cool Self-Development Articles
- Marketing Message
Habit formation: A sign at the entrance of what was a very muddy road that had dried up said: "Choose your ruts wisely--you'll be in them for the next 7 miles." Choose your habits wisely.
|Making the Most of the Internet Information Ocean|
It also helps to remember the two basic strategies discussed in Brain Dancing for interacting with any information ocean: with a specific purpose in mind (left brain), and looking for the unexpected (right brain). I point out that when looking for the unexpected (surfing), it is important to set time limits because the right brain is not aware of linear time, and there is no feedback mechanism for telling you when you are done--when the problem is solved. With the Internet, it is also necessary to set time limits when operating in left brain mode. Even with the vast quantity of information currently on the Internet, it still contains only a fraction of our total knowledge. In other words, there is no guarantee that the information you need is even on the Internet. For this reason, I believe that for many of us, the most useful information on the Internet has been, and will remain (at least for a while), information about the Internet--information that teaches how to use and create the Internet.
|Q&A on the Creative Process|
I just heard my tape of a Paul McCartney interview done about 14 years ago. He said that when he and John decided to start the group, they sat down and wrote about 50 songs. Only one of them ever got produced: "Love Me Do". "The rest just vanished in time", he said. What struck me about this was number of songs they were willing to write experimentally. I get the impression that they had a process for writing songs that had a definite ending to it. Idea->expression->done, idea->expression->done, etc. The result was rather than endlessly tweaking a few songs, they were able to optimize this process and therefore do it successfully a large number of times. Rather than trying to write great songs immediately, the were willing to experiment: this helped them optimize the process and get feedback from others about various approaches.They identified their core activity and then developed a system for optimizing the processes they used to carry out that core activity.
|Stress and Adaptive Energy|
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