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Beautiful Minds

Insights into intelligence, creativity, and the mind

  • How Is Creativity Differentially Related to Schizophrenia and Autism?

    How Is Creativity Differentially Related to Schizophrenia and Autism?

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | June 10, 2015 |

    "There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad." -- Salvador Dali For some reason, the general public is fascinated by the link between madness and genius. A new paper , which has been garnering a lot of media attention, has stoked the flames once again on this age-old debate. […]

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  • Shades of Sensitivity

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | May 4, 2015 |

    The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. […]

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  • Tim Ferriss on accelerated learning, peak performance and living the good life

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | April 27, 2015 |

    Three time bestselling author and human guinea pig Tim Ferriss discusses how to become top 5% in the world with a new skill in just 6-12 months. Scott and Tim debunk the 10,000 hour rule, discuss general principles for accelerated skill acquisition, consider what it means to live the good life and take a sneak peak at Tim’s new show The Tim Ferris Experiment. […]

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  • Ryan Holiday on Stoicism, strategy and creativity

    Ryan Holiday on Stoicism, strategy and creativity

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | April 20, 2015 |

    Best selling author Ryan Holiday discusses how Stoicism can help us transform trials into triumph. It’s a pragmatic episode, full of strategies to invert obstacles and wrest opportunity from adversity. The conversation includes invaluable advice for aspiring creatives, research affirming the Stoic approach, how great historical figures have used Stoicism and more… In this episode you will hear about: The intersections of Stoicism, creativity and positive psychological research Ryan’s alternative track to success and the importance of mentorship How Steve Jobs employed Stoicism The importance of understanding reality objectively How blessings and burdens needn’t be mutually exclusive Passion vs. […]

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  • Are Social Daydreams Related to Well-Being?

    Are Social Daydreams Related to Well-Being?

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | April 16, 2015 |

    Daydreaming often gets a bad reputation. While yes– researchers have associated “lapses of attention” with memory loss and depression , here’s the thing: not all daydreaming is a lapse of attention . Sure, when we need to pay attention to the outside world, it can be helpful to quiet the inner monologue. […]

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  • Examining standardized testing with Anya Kamenetz

    Examining standardized testing with Anya Kamenetz

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | April 6, 2015 |

    Award-winning education writer Anya Kamenetz provides practical guidance for parents looking to understand standardized testing. She and Scott roll up their sleeves and delve deep into the nature, origins, drawbacks and future of our high-stakes testing culture. […]

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  • Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined Is Out in Paperback!

    Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined Is Out in Paperback!

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | March 24, 2015 |

    Here’s to the kids who are different, The kids who don’t always get A’s The kids who have ears twice the size of their peers, And noses that go on for days . . . Here’s to the kids who are different, The kids they call crazy or dumb, The kids who don’t fit, with the guts and the grit, Who dance to a different drum . […]

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  • Imaginary worlds and creativity with Michele Root-Bernstein

    Imaginary worlds and creativity with Michele Root-Bernstein

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | March 23, 2015 |

    Creativity scholar Michele Root-Bernstein discusses her work exploring the playful imaginative worlds of children and their correlation with creativity. Scott and Michele tease out the implications of imaginary worlds on education, giftedness, vocation, self-perception and more. […]

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  • The Creative Life and Well-Being

    The Creative Life and Well-Being

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | March 16, 2015 |

    The Creative Life is full of new possibilities, discoveries, exploration, experimentation, self-expression, and invention. It's a habit, a way of being, a style of existing. But is the Creative Life full of well-being? Depends on how you define well-being. […]

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  • Peter Sims Explains How

    Peter Sims Explains How "Little Bets" Spur Big Creative Successes

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | March 10, 2015 |

    Award-winning author Peter Sims shares some heartening research on how people like Steve Jobs, Chris Rock and Frank Gehry use small experiments to lay the groundwork for big creative successes. It’s an encouraging episode for all the creative types out there thinking they have to have it all figured it out from the get go. […]

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