Intellectual Fertility & Brain Plasticity

Darpa 2007 –

"We need new people with new ideas and the intellectual fertility that
comes with cross disciplinary approaches."

The brain – plasticity (see article from yesterday

"Concentrating attention on your mental experience, whether a thought, an insight, a picture in your mind's eye, or a fear, maintains the brain state arising in association with that experience. Over time, paying enough attention to any specific brain connections keeps the relevant circuitry open and dynamically alive. These circuits can then eventually become not just chemical links but stable, physical changes in the brain's structure.

Attention continually reshapes the patterns of the brain. Among the implications: People who practice a specialty every day literally think differently, through different sets of connections, than do people who don't practice the specialty. In business, professionals in different functions - finance, operations, legal, research, and development, marketing, design and human resources - have physiological differences that prevent them from seeing the world the same way."

Consider the limits of perspective based on allowing our channels to ‘calcify’ so that our mind is not as flexible or "plastic"; This plasticity is a required component promoting the mental fertility for new ideas? In other words, our behavior and thinking patterns can end up helping or hurting our ability to be creative.


Regarding the mention of cross-disciplinary approaches, I find it noteworthy that this multidisciplinary perspective seems a keen ingredient for innovation. I also note the many polymaths from the renaissance til today – being extremely cross disciplined – are responsible for world-changing innovations.
Todd Hopkinson