A Network Is An Idea Factory

I hope you will have already seen Jason Silva’s Moments of Awe videos. Just delicious.

In a recent interview, he explained his kaleidoscopic network approach to his work,

“…when I see sentences and words, I see a network of connections. The manic geometry of associational thinking is probably the best description how my brain works. It is all networks. Ideas are networks.”

It brought to mind an association from 50 years ago by the neuropsychologist, Roger Sperry (via Brain Pickings) of the analogy between neurons and ideas:

“Ideas cause ideas and help evolve new ideas. They interact with each other and with other mental forces in the same brain, in neighboring brains, and thanks to global communication, in far distant, foreign brains.”

Prescient thinking. Networks are idea factories. In our own brain, they provide the fertile creative environment for our own genius. In our social networks, they curate and collate the collective genius of our people.

We need networks.

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