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Hats off for fresh notions
September 26, 2008, 5:01 am
Filed under: Digital Strategy

I’ve got a serious girl crush on The Bloggess. Check out this exchange from one of her recent posts

Me:  Hey, do you know what a “haberdasher” is?  Because I just found out I’ve been using it wrong for…my entire life.

DJ: I use that word all the time and I have absolutely no idea what it means.  I just randomly yell it at people as an insult, like“You insolent haberdasher!” Like a Victorian alternative to “asshole”.   Isn’t it a ‘hat dealer’ or something?

Me:  That’s what I thought, but I totally got called out for using the word incorrectly.

DJ: Hmm…google it.

Me:  Okay… ”Haberdasher: A dealer in notions.” Dude.  I’m a dealer in notions.

DJ:  Me too!  I deal in notions all the fucking time.  We’re freaking haberdashers, dude.  Kick-ass.

Ok- I’m stealing referencing that as often as I can.

Through the vagaries of online researchiness I also came across this jem Novelty Makes Brains Creative

Discoveries by neuroscientists studying the brain say that novel experiences are key in increasing brain power and creativity. When the brain experiences, or imagines a familiar situation, it already has a shortcut to understanding – it’s got that categorized in a neat little mental box. Novelty, new experiences and stretches of the imagination keep the mind limber, and more creative.

Fast Company reports:

Most corporate off-sites, for example, are ineffective idea generators, because they’re scheduled rather than organic; the brain has time to predict the future, which means the potential novelty will be diminished. Transplanting the same mix of people to a different location, even an exotic one, then dropping them into a conference room much like the one back home doesn’t create an environment that leads to new insights. No, new insights come from new people and new environments — any circumstance in which the brain has a hard time predicting what will happen next.

Fortunately, the networks that govern both perception and imagination can be reprogrammed. By deploying your attention differently, the frontal cortex, which contains rules for decision making, can reconfigure neural networks so that you can see things that you didn’t see before. You need a novel stimulus — either a new piece of information or an unfamiliar environment — to jolt attentional systems awake. The more radical the change, the greater the likelihood of fresh insights.

Fresh hot insights- get ’em while they’re hot: they’re lovely!


2 Comments so far
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Hee! You made me all blushy.

Comment by Jenny, Bloggess

well, that’d make it a blush-a-rama then…
Jenny- you’re AWESOME!

Comment by katiechatfield




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