Remix culture, revisited

Where do great ideas come from? Often, the answer is “other great ideas, sort of mashed together.” The term “remix culture” was coined...

The Power of Distractibility

Do you experience difficulty in filtering interruptions out of everyday life? Do outside forces—sirens, a co-worker chewing loudly in the...

Bright Lights, Big Ideas

Here’s one way in which all that talk about big-city glamor may be backed up by fact. Statistically, large cities yield a far higher...

Epiphanies, or, the Bottom-Up Principle

Creativity as a whole is a hard thing to concretely study. However, a slightly easier question than "where does creativity come from?" is...

Zen and the Art of Riffing

Q: What did the Zen master say to the hotdog vendor? A: “Make me one with everything...” Central to the premise of this old joke is the...

The Science of Epiphany

You know the sweet satisfaction when you suddenly have an epiphany? I'm talking about that "Aha!" moment when the circuits suddenly...

The Real Da Vinci Code

Leonardo Da Vinci was born in Vinci, April 15th, 1452. In his lifetime, he painted the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. He was a sculptor,...