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Welcome to the November 27, 2011 Carnival of Creativity. Thanks to everyone who re-sent their links. I still haven’t received a response from BlogCarnival.com regarding the lost emails, so keep submitting to me via the link at the end of the post.
The Creative Mindset
Ella, a landscape architect and artist, reminds us that every is a great day to remember How to enjoy the simple things posted at HOME & LANDSCAPE *design fix. Gorgeous pictures and a great reminder as we head into the busy holiday season.
Abeach Cottage presents Beach Cottage ~ 7 Tips for Easy Coastal Decor Style ? for your Table posted at A Beach Cottage.
O.C. Heaton presents How to write posted at A Rush of Green, saying, “I’m often asked how I got into writing. “How do you write?” “What are your writing dos and don’ts?” I decided to put this post together to try and answer these questions.”
The Business of Creativity
David Peters presents Secrets On How To Photograph Children By Dan Feildman posted at Artfans Design, saying, “So you love children you say. You also love taking pictures. You would be thrilled if you could incorporate your love of both children and photography into a rewarding, money-making business. Well, it is possible and you can make money and be rewarded all at the same time! Keep in mind that photographing children (especially those at a young age) is no easy task.”
Sharing Our Work
Simon Jack presents Funny Business – Role Reversal posted at Creative Encounters, saying, “No funny business?! Humour is often the key to delivering a jolt that knocks habitual thinking off course and onto a new journey of discovery. If you can turn this into practical creativity, you possess a powerful skill. Here we look at how the comedy technique of role reversal can lead to new and creative ideas.”
Giving us even more inspiration to get outside of our boxes, Will presents Being More Creative Is About Thinking Differently posted at Former Banker. This article was inspired by a lecture on creativity, which provides suggestions on how everyone can be more creative in solving all types of problems. The link to the video is provided and is well worth watching.
We’re in the home stretch, so here’s a final inspiring quote for you: ““Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.” -Alan Watts
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That’s all for this week. Be sure to submit your article for next week’s Carnival of Creativity by Friday at midnight!
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The rewards outweigh the risks — when you’re in a group, anyway. A new USC study explains why people take stupid chances when all of their friends are watching that they would never take by themselves. According to the study, the human brain places more value on winning in a social setting than it does on winning when you’re alone.
“These findings suggest that the brain is equipped with the ability to detect and encode social signals, make social signals salient, and then, use these signals to optimize future behavior,” Coricelli said.
As Coricelli explained, in private environments, losing can more easily be life-threatening. With no social support network in place, a bad gamble can spell doom.
In group environments, on the other hand, rewards tend to be winner-takes-all. Nowhere is this more clear than in sexual competition, where — to borrow a phrase from racing legend Dale Earnhardt, Sr. — second place is just first loser.
“Among animals, there are strong incentives for wanting to be at the top of the social ranking,” Coricelli said. “Animals in the dominant position use their status to secure privileged access to resources, such as food and mates.” -Science Daily
“Shut up, Person,” Colbert says, peering intently at the dust-blown expanse, his M-4 rifle pointed out the window. Colbert and Person get along like an old married couple. Being a rank lower than Colbert, Person can never directly express anger to him, but on occasions when Colbert is too harsh and Person’s feelings are hurt, the driving of the Humvee suddenly becomes erratic. There are sudden turns, and the brakes are hit for no reason. It will happen even in combat situations, with Colbert suddenly in the role of wooing his driver back with retractions and apologies. -Evan Wright, The Killer Elite
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