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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:59 PM
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The Unleashed Mind: Why Creative People Are Eccentric
He is one of the worlds best known and most successful entrepreneurs, with hundreds of patents to his nameincluding the Segway scooter. But you will never see Dean Kamen in a suit and tie: the eccentric inventor dresses almost exclusively in denim. He spent five years in college before dropping out, does not take vacations and has never married. Kamen presides (along with his Ministers of Ice Cream, Brunch and Nepotism) over the Connecticut island kingdom of North Dumpling, which has seceded from the U.S. and dispenses its own currency in units of pi. Visitors are issued a visa form that includes spaces on which to note identifying marks on both their face and buttocks.

Kamen, who works tirelessly at inspiring kids to pursue careers in science and engineering, is one of many highly creative people whose personal behavior sometimes strikes others as odd. Albert Einstein picked up cigarette butts off the street to get tobacco for his pipe; Howard Hughes spent entire days on a chair in the middle of the supposedly germ-free zone of his Beverly Hills Hotel suite; the composer Robert Schumann believed that his musical compositions were dictated to him by Beethoven and other deceased luminaries from their tombs; and Charles Dickens is said to have fended off imaginary urchins with his umbrella as he walked the streets of London. More recently, we have seen Michael Jacksons preoccupation with rhinoplasty, Salvador Dals affection for dangerous pets and the Icelandic singer Bjrk dressed for the Oscars as a swan.

It isnt just average Joes who perceive highly creative individuals as eccentric. These individuals often see themselves as different and unable to fit in. The latest findings in brain imaging, creativity research and molecular biology suggest that these perceptions are not just based on a few anecdotal accounts of weird scientists and artists. In fact, creativity and eccentricity often go hand in hand, and researchers now believe that both traits may be a result of how the brain filters incoming information. Even in the business world, there is a growing appreciation of the link between creative thinking and unconventional behavior, with increased acceptance of the latter.

Making the Connection
The incidence of strange behavior by highly creative individuals seems too extensive to be the result of mere coincidence. As far back as ancient Greece, both Plato and Aristotle made comments about the peculiar behavior of poets and playwrights. (Aristotle was also the first to note the relation between creativity and depression, an association that has been substantiated by modern research.) More than a century ago Italian criminologist Cesare Lombroso catalogued the bizarre behavior of creative luminaries in his book The Man of Genius and attributed this behavior to the same hereditary degeneration that marked violent criminals.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-un...
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Boxerfan Donating Member (710 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:42 PM
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1. Ahhh but the truth is...If you are without wealth the eccentric becomes-Crazy
I'm somewhat as the article described. And despite the best of intentions I am not wealthy. And if you are not wealthy what would be labeled eccentric is viewed as abnormal & or worse.

I have a horrid business sense I guess. But I am mechanically gifted & tinker with a small machine shop at home. I have invented dozens of items. When I tried to get help with production or patents I was told "it won't work" yada yada..Then the product surfaces under a new guise or slight design change. I stopped showing anything to "investors"...



Just hadda vent..
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:45 PM
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2. I don't suppose you have a link to the full article, do you?
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:47 PM
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3. Of course. Creative and eccentric people are both
different from the norm; counter-cultural.
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:02 PM
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4. It's one of those irregular verbs, isn't it: I have an independent mind; you are an eccentric; he is
It's one of those irregular verbs, isn't it: I have an independent mind; you are an eccentric; he is round the twist.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Yes,_Minister#Episode_Seve...
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:46 PM
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5. Funny, I was just reading about Briggs Meyers personality types today
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 07:50 PM by Matariki
and my type fits the eccentric inventor type so I was reading about that specifically.
http://www.personalitypage.com/INTP.html
http://typelogic.com/intp.html
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