Prevent Conceptus Interruptus: How Math Can Improve Your Creativity

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Many people use their subconscious to help them come up with ideas. The problem is their ideas fight their way back into their head too soon. In this presentation, you'll learn how to use math to give your subconscious time to do its thing. This presentation is based on a blog I wrote in December 2010.

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Prevent Conceptus Interruptus: How Math Can Improve Your Creativity

  1. 1. Prevent Conceptus Interruptus How Math Can Improve Your Creativity By Robert Moss LinkedIn
  2. 2. You’re creating something new A movie script An ad campaign An app A website Or some other creative project
  3. 3. And using the right side of your brain
  4. 4. How often have you been told?
  5. 5. Use your subconscious to come up with better ideas
  6. 6. Stop what you’re working on and do something different
  7. 7. Take a break
  8. 8. Take a shower or bath
  9. 9. Take a walk
  10. 10. Visit a museum
  11. 11. Your subconscious will get to work
  12. 12. Your subconscious will get to work, unless you suffer from
  13. 13. Conceptus Interruptus
  14. 14. Conceptus Interruptus When what you’re working on pushes its way back into your head before your subconscious has done its job
  15. 15. How to prevent Conceptus Interruptus
  16. 16. How to prevent Conceptus Interruptus Give the left side of your brain something else to do
  17. 17. What does that look like?
  18. 18. It might look like math
  19. 19. If you think in words and images
  20. 20. If you think in words and images, math can be a foreign language
  21. 21. “But I’m not a math person”
  22. 22. “But I’m not a math person” Perfect! Use math <and the left side of your brain> to keep your right side from getting back to work too soon
  23. 23. Play 24 to prevent Conceptus Interruptus
  24. 24. Remove all jacks, queens and kings from a deck of cards
  25. 25. Place four cards from the top, face up
  26. 26. Calculate “24″ from the numbers on the four cards
  27. 27. Use a combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  28. 28. In your head No calculator No pencil, no paper
  29. 29. Start with these Solution on next page
  30. 30. Subtract 4 from 10 to get 6 Divide 8 by 2 to get 4 Multiply 6 times 4 to produce 24 To write it as an equation, (8 / 2) x (10 – 4) = 24
  31. 31. Here’s another one Need a hint? First, subtract 7 from 8 See next page for solution
  32. 32. Take 7 from 8, that’s 1 Now take that 1 from 9, that’s 8 Then multiply that 8 times the 3 to get 24 Or the whole thing in equation form, 3 x (9 – (8 – 7)) = 24 But there’s more than one solution, see next page
  33. 33. Here’s another way to get 24 This time take 8 from 9, that’s 1 Now add that 1 to 7 to make 8 Multiply that 8 times 3 to get 24 As an equation, 3 x (7 + (9 – 8)) = 24
  34. 34. Try it again This one has several solutions
  35. 35. Add 6 plus 9 to produce 15 Add that 15 to 10 to get 25 Subtract 1 from 25 to make 24 As an equation, 9 + 6 + 10 – 1 = 24
  36. 36. Here’s another
  37. 37. Multiply 3 times 9 to get 27 Subtract 5 from 8, that’s 3 Subtract that 3 from 27 to get 24 As an equation, (3 x 9) – (8 – 5) = 24
  38. 38. Last one
  39. 39. Divide 9 by 9, that’s 1 Add that 1 to 2, that’s 3 Multiply that 3 times 8 to produce 24. As an equation, 8 x (2 + (9 / 9) = 24
  40. 40. After several rounds
  41. 41. After several rounds Take that shower or go for a walk or visit an art museum or just go back to work
  42. 42. By playing 24 to prevent Conceptus Interruptus
  43. 43. Your subconscious can do its thing
  44. 44. So when the right side of your brain gets back to work
  45. 45. It can come up with better creative
  46. 46. By preventing Conceptus Interruptus
  47. 47. There’s an app for that But all you need is a deck of cards…
  48. 48. And your head Thank you If you liked this presentation, check out That's Some Fucked Up Data Did Marchex measure cursing or something else? . Robert Moss LinkedIn
  49. 49. This presentation is based on a blog I wrote in December 2010 If you’re not familiar with using your subconscious using to come up with ideas, get a copy of “A Technique for Producing Ideas” by James Webb Young Photos courtesy of: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra Khajuraho Sembazuru Moleskine book Mary Margret Brain Illustration Gabe Austin Pointing finger B. Furnari Mudra Nathanael Boehm Stop button Lawrence Feeding butterfly Kanaka Menehune Dictionary SurfGuard Tooth brush John Liu Eyes George Hatcher Math equation Youssef Abdelaal Calculator Steve Big blue head Waferboard Coffee Mary Crandal Bubble bath Eric Snopel Walk way Jeffrey Art museum Thank you

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