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The Creative Mind
The Creative Mind
Charles Limb is a surgeon and a musician who researches the way musical creativity works in the brain. Harvard psychologist Shelley Carsonís research suggests that everyone come with the same capacity to create. Poet Molly Peacock tells how Mary Delaney picked up a pair of scissors and began her lifeís work: 985 botanically-correct floral collages. Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker think the universe itself is creative. How do you explain creative genius? What mysterious accident produced Miles Davis' trumpet solo in "Kind of Blue"? Or Shakespeare's plays? Or the Mona Lisa's smile? The ancients called it divine inspiration. Today, scientists are coming up with new answers. Charles Limb is a surgeon and a musician who researches the way musical creativity works in the brain. He put jazz musicians inside an fMRI to find out what the brain does during musical improvisation, including the renowned bass player Mike Pope Anne Strainchamps explores the science and the music.
Why do some people seem more creative than the rest of us? Harvard psychologist Shelley Carson's research suggests that everyone come with the same capacity to create. She has identified seven different patterns of creative thinking and writes about them in her book, "Your Creative Brain." At the age of 72, Mary Delaney picked up a pair of scissors and began her life's work: 985 botanically-correct floral collages. Poet Molly Peacock tells her story in "The Paper Garden" Ė and tells Jim fleming about a book that is both a biography of an extraordinary woman and a meditation on late-life creativity.

Is the universe itself creative? Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker think so. Swimme is a cosmologist; Tucker an ecologist and religious scholar. Together, they've written a mind-bending book called "Journey of the Universe." They describe our universe as not simply a place, but a story. They tell Steve Paulson it's a story that keeps changing.