YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE

Dan Hunter’s exploration of imagination, creativity, innovation and the neuroscience of creativity.

She Took Mine

She Took Mine

Eager grade school students will keep waving their hands in the air even after a question has been answered.  So, when you call on one of the remaining hands, the student often...

Bottled Sound

Bottled Sound

“Halloa! Halloa!  Mr. Phonograph are you there?” Chicago, May 1878   The call rang out in a Chicago Methodist Church as if they were contacting the dead in a séance, coaxing...

Palais Idéal

Palais Idéal

“What can you do when you always walk in the same setting, if not dream? As a distraction, in my dreams I built a fairy palace.”     -- Ferdinand Cheval, the postman builder of...

Fire Medicine and the Elixir of Life

Fire Medicine and the Elixir of Life

I visited Fu Yue, bestriding a dragon, Joined in marriage with the Weaving Maiden, Lifted up Heaven's Net to capture evil, Drew the Bow of Heaven to shoot at wickedness, Followed...

Singing in the Brain

Singing in the Brain

Business people often say that they want creative employees.  But, they can’t agree on what that means.  (They can’t agree because what becomes creative is unknown, defined after...

A Doodle Noodle

A Doodle Noodle

Most people believe that time and imagination cannot be coordinated.  A good idea seems to appear unexpectedly, on no schedule at all.  And when an idea doesn’t come, we feel...

The Ten-Year-Old Samurai

The Ten-Year-Old Samurai

“Perhaps it is the power of memory that gives rise to the power of imagination.” Akira Kurosawa* In 1920, a ten-year old boy in fifth grade, dressed in samurai hamaka pants and...

Find Your Car Keys, Unlock Your Creativity

Find Your Car Keys, Unlock Your Creativity

You can’t pop the hood for an inspection.  There’s no starting switch, no pedals to pump and no brakes.  Your brain just goes.  And goes.  And the more it goes the sharper it...

Outsider Art

Outsider Art

In his first exhibition (1940), Bill Traylor’s art work was described as “primitive.”  In New York (1943), it was classified as “folk art by an old Negro man.”  It went into...