Our brain may be designed for thinking in new ways. Ideas related to neuroplasticity and research by Elkhonon Goldberg suggest that our brain can make new neural connection and restructure neural networks.
Elhononon Goldberg suggests that our brain hemisphere may have slightly different tasks to perform. The right hemisphere is activated when we are learning a new task. As we become more familiar with the task such as learning to play a musical instrument, the responsibility is gradually handed over to the left hemisphere. Thus, the right hemisphere makes new neural connections and after a while, they are stored in the left hemisphere.
The idea that we are born equipped with the capacity to think in new ways is a liberating thought. The less positive news is that as we grow older we tend to rely more and more on our left hemisphere. Thus, rather than continuing to learn new things, we rely on things that we have already learnt.And to continue to learn we can use various methods to spark our imagination.
The Book of the Dead is the modern name of an Ancient Egyptian funeral text. The book can be used as creative technique where the Egyptian hieroglyphs are used to spark our imagination. This technique has been used by Michael Ray at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. First, we determine the problem we want to solve and then we use the hieroglyphs to come up with a solution to our challenge. A quick way to use the hieroglyphs is to select three and explore them. The task is to understand our challenge by referring to the hieroglyphs.
We can also try to interpret a whole line of the text. No one knows what the Book of the Dead is about, there are many theories and this helps to free our mind to associate and relate the hieroglyphs to our particular challenge. In addition, the Internet is filled with pictures and exploring sites such as Pinterest is also a great way to gain inspiration.
Photo: “Pyramids In Flood” by duron123,By McLeod (self-made @ National Museum, Copenhagen) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons