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New research out of Sweden shows a similarity between a schizophrenic brain and a highly creative brain. Each of these types of brains has a lower density of D2 (dopamine) receptors in the thalamus. The thalamus acts as a filter for information going to the cortex, the place in the brain where reasoning is handled. Both schizophrenics and creatives have the ability to make odd, even bizarre, links between thoughts and concepts.
I find this idea intriguing. Brains that are less creative are dealing with information that has been filtered more thoroughly. Creatives are dealing with a lot of raw data. Somehow the creative brain is able to deal with this additional burden. And produce unexpected and sometimes startling results.
We know so little about how the brain and the mind actually work. The more we know…the less we know. This has always been the case. And it has not stopped Creativity from being expressed in its many forms. No matter why or how it works, it works. And personally, I’m glad you don’t have to understand it in order to do it.