Mind Meld Log, stardate 220902 (2Sep22)

The Denkiri Centre for Creativity was established on Astraios Prime in the early months of 2422 as a means of outreach to the scientists, philosophers, artists, engineers, and designers who dwell in the Gamma Quadrant. Its philosophy was inspired by the Terran author Gene Roddenberry, who had, in the 20th and 21st Century, envisioned a universe in which sentient life forms would gather to share knowledge, conduct research, and improve the quality of life for all. The Centre hosts brainstorming sessions, organizes an open lecture series, manages artistic exhibits, conducts tours, and works to enhance the immersive environment through building, scripting and developing knowledge of the sector and quadrant.
Meeting Times: Tue 1030 hrs & Fri 2200 hrs Pacific 2x/month
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Executive Officer: Astro Balut

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ACTIVITY: 'Mind Meld' brainstorming session
HELD: Stardate 220902, 2200/10pm 3RG/SLT
LOCATION: Denkiri Cafe, UF Starfleet Astraios.

We discussed:

"Creativity involves breaking out of expected patterns in order to look at things in a different way." -- Edward de Bono

-Isn't that the value of art? Reinventing perception?
I think you can rearrange perception in novel ways
-You would have to say that Einstein's view of gravity was a completely new way of perceiving things falling down
-Creativity in science is a tool to making better models
- and, I imagine, creativity in science is also having enough curiosity to ask why or how, or why not
-Newton's solution to gravity was a set of equations that modelled how. Einstein was asking "But why?"

Why can't we all think like Einstein or Di Vinci or Plato or Stephen Hawking? What makes their minds work that way?
-what marks out a da Vinci or an Einstein is they were both musicians
- I think the true difference is between smart-intelligent spectrum and creative
--How so? I'm hard pressed to think of not-smart creatives
--grey matter houses neurons. It's where all the electricity and neurotransmitters are dancing... white matter is the energy supply; so when they dissected Einstein's cortex (he donated his brain to science) they found an unusually large proportion of white matter (glial cells) - ran against every theory of intelligence we had; it was the supply of energy to his brain that made the difference, and the amount fo energy to his brain is promotional to the mass of it
--there's that dreadful urban myth that we only use 10% of our brains. It's not true, all the cells that aren't damaged are in use when they are called on. But, it is fascinating that we can squeeze more use out of them with a higher energy supply (how to create that is yet unknown... possibly genetics)

--the studies cited in 'This is Your Brain on Music' say that doing music is the one activity that lights up all areas of the brain. Maybe doing that consistently leads to a better supply?
-- I do know some pretty stupid musicians but I think instruments that require you to run your hands independently are definitely affecting brain structure -- That is the crazy thing about brain plasticity. You can change its structure through the things you do
-- my father firmly believed that working with his hands (carpentry), doing crosswords, scrabble, etc... would help stave off senility. I read that learning to do new things consistently helps too.

--to the extent I understand it, zen practice tries to break those mm, conditioned? pre-programmed? behaviors and force mindfulness --- And that is you restructuring your brain. We don't have to accept our "natural" limitations
---I think Zen Monks also change their brain structures. I read an article about their practice inducing alpha brain waves -- this is Scientific American: Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have found that during meditation, Zen Buddhist monks show an extraordinary synchronization of brain waves known as gamma synchrony—a pattern increasingly associated with robust brain function and the synthesis of activity that we call the mind.

-- We make our own minds. That is a powerful thing

-- in the water with dolphins, it almost feels like they are all thinking together. They behave like fingers on one hand rather than a bunch of hands. Maybe they have mastered some sort of synchronicity too? It's just a feeling and I can't quantify it but they move as though each one knows where the other will be and like there's a purpose.

When I was in a group... playing songs together in performance... one of us would make a mistake... and we'd just look at each other and in some kind of synchronicity move together until we were all on the same page again... you could feel that connection
-what would have been the result if you had not played together for 1000 hours -- good point

-- the old argument about human evolution was once we figured out to cook food, it changed the enzymes in it
-: if you look at humans as a reductio ad absurdum case, then it's a total dead end. But elephants and whales have bigger brains than us and haven't learned to be destructive. It's a statistical roll of the dice I guess
- so it changed the chemical makeup of the system as a whole
---intriguing points, both of you
-- to use another old phrase, angels and devils of our better nature. Humans are destructive, sure, but elephants don't write prose or sculpt either
-we are part of nature, even when we assert we are above it. The biosystem can ruin itself with comets too
--I don't think elephants place a value on literature, but they do love each other
-they enjoy Bach!

"Mild Meld is a meeting of minds, a playful tossing out of ideas, silly and serious... the wilder the better... no idea is criticized. We may find that that wild idea and this crazy thought meld together into something really cool, or we may just have collective coffee and rambunctious fellowship. It's all good." As Gene Roddenberry said: "To be different is not necessarily to be ugly; to have a different idea is not necessarily to be wrong. The worst possible thing is for all of us to begin to look and talk and act and think alike."

Next 'Mind Meld's' will be held:
Tue Sep 13 @ 10:30am SLT/3RG.
Fri Sep 16th, 1000PM/2200hrs SLT/3RG.

All are welcome to attend.
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