Creativity, Part I: Waking up Oscar

We all have two conflicting personalities inside us. Think of them as Oscar and Felix from The Odd Couple. The Felix personality resides in the left hemisphere of our brains. He’s a well-organized, highly literate individual who loves lists, plans everything he does, and never deviates from the plan. He’s driven by rules and the clock. If rules don’t exist, he develops some that define what’s expected of him. He likes to have goals, either self-determined or set by others. He strives to please others and is very disappointed if others don’t recognize his efforts. Continue reading

Uneasy But Useful Allies

There’s so much information in the world today that letting people re-create their own databases is a luxury we can’t afford. If we were all allowed to create our own basic concepts without any standardization, we couldn’t effectively interact with each other. Imagine trying to communicate if each person spoke a unique language, or how hard it would be to pay a bill if every individual used a different numbering system. Continue reading

Creativity, Part I: Waking up Oscar

We all have two conflicting personalities inside us. Think of them as Oscar and Felix from The Odd Couple. The Felix personality resides in the left hemisphere of our brains. He’s a well-organized, highly literate individual who loves lists, plans everything he does, and never deviates from the plan. He’s driven by rules and the clock. If rules don’t exist, he develops some that define what’s expected of him. He likes to have goals, either self-determined or set by others. He strives to please others and is very disappointed if others don’t recognize his efforts. Continue reading

Uneasy But Useful Allies

There’s so much information in the world today that letting people re-create their own databases is a luxury we can’t afford. If we were all allowed to create our own basic concepts without any standardization, we couldn’t effectively interact with each other. Imagine trying to communicate if each person spoke a unique language, or how hard it would be to pay a bill if every individual used a different numbering system. Continue reading