It was posed by the exuberant and erudite neuroscientist Professor Roy Pagett, as the introduction to his early morning talk on creativity and achievement.
Our levels of achievement are apparently higher than we think is possible. The head (he told us) is like a 3.5lb ready cooked chicken, but it’s a battery with quadrillions of connections. That we hardly use.
Think Patrick Moore, and you’ll be able to picture what this 74 year old was like. His background was certainly colourful. Having started his career in the RAF, flying Vulcans, he then became MD of the largest manufacturer in Europe of recycled plastics. Won the Churchill Fellowship, then moved out of business and into neuroscience.
He explained that:
The left half (hemisphere) of our brain is the logical side.
It deals with:
The right hemisphere deals with
This one doesn’t understand words at all.
And it would appear that everyone is born with bags of creativity – but since around the age of 2 to 3 years old, we’ve been suppressing it by the left side of our brain.
We were set a task. How many uses can you find for a pen? Proudly, some of us had half a dozen or so written down. “Ah, very good” enthused Prof P. “If you have got 16 uses, you’ve got the creativity of a 9 year old.”
Let me know how you use creativity in your business.
Now – where did I put that list??