There is an element of intentional controversy. He just happened to have a infant’s skull tucked away in the corner of the workshop and bingo! he found the right context to use it. It was one of those a-ha moments, that arrive so infrequently among even the greatest creative minds. The “For Heaven’s Sake” artwork however did come with a wad of complaints from parents who have lost children. The art work features a nineteenth century skull of a newborn baby which was part of Hirst’s pathology collection. The boundaries of taste are pretty well at the limit short of snuff films, but then again the skull has always been well represented in art.
There is even a “proud sponsor” of the aha! moment now, Mutual of Omaha. This means you can insure the moment, term or life annuity to keep the pleasure safe and secure. In fact, the company in a democratic gesture has invited anyone to share their moment much in the same way that Oprah has asked celebrities to share their moments with an inspirational flourish. This must be President Obama’s Sputnik moment. We have arrived. America will be a world leader in Aha moments. In fact Hirst may have been the initial catalyst in translating his moments into commodity art and selling conceptual aha’s.
“Using brain imaging techniques, researchers found that activity increased in a small part of the right lobe of the brain called the temporal lobe when the participants reported experiencing creative insight during problem solving. Little activity was detected in this area during noninsight solutions….
Researchers say previous studies have shown that this right temporal lobe may be important for drawing distantly related information together, which is a key component of insight. In the second experiment, researchers monitored the participants’ brainwave activity using an electroencephalogram (EEG) during insight and noninsight problem solving tasks. The study showed that about one-third of a second before the “Aha!” moment, there was a sudden burst of high-frequency brain waves. This type of activity is associated with high-level processing of information, and researchers say it was also centered in the same right temporal lobe area.Read More: http://men.webmd.com/news/20040413/scientists-explain-aha-moments a
This obviously explains Hirst’s fascination with the human skull.We want to believe that creativity and innovation come in flashes of pure brilliance, with great thunderclaps and echoing ahas! Innovators and other creative types,like advertising types, we believe, stand apart from the crowd, wielding secrets and magical talents beyond the rest of us. It may be horse manure, or a big cow pod.
These Epiphanies apparentlyhave little to do with either creativity or innovation. Instead, innovation is a slow process of accretion, building small insight upon interesting fact upon tried-and-true process. A closely idea was Arthur Koestler’s The Ghost in the Machine, which attempted to map out a hierarchical structure of… well, structure. He examined how hierarchies work in a vast array of subjects, everything from corporate structures to evolution to the organization of the mind, with a key emphasis on the dual nature,the”Janus”of every node in a given hierarchy.
Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican/Aztec holiday known as Day of the Dead, is said by Hirst to have been of some influence, the human sacrifice element non-withstanding. The Day of the Dead is traditionally about remembering and honoring departed loved ones by creating altars in their memory, holding vigil at cemeteries, and bringing food for the departed to enjoy on their annual niamong the living. Less macabre than Halloween in still has deep roots in pagan origin.
Joshua Glenn: Detectivework is another such area. And it is no wonder that Sherlock Holmes’ creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was a physician. The eponymous Dr. House of television is perhaps an anti-Holmes in his use of abductive reasoning. He misdiagnoses all the time, performs unnecessary procedures (up the wazoo, so to speak). (He also walks with his cane on the wrong side.) But his is a different sort of fiction….
Abductive reasoning is heavily reliant upon (and certainly overlaps) insight-based reasoning. Both pivot upon an “aha” or “eureka” moment. In research to map the “aha moment” in the brain, functional magnetic resonance imaging has shown solving a problem through an “aha moment” engages quite a different pattern of neuronal activity than slogging through deductive reasoning….
…In some studies, there has been a flare of neuro-electrical activity in an unique part of the brain just preceding the “eureka”. It has been postulated that this difference has involved the “breaking of mental sets” with an “aha moment” – perhaps literally thinking outside the box. One might also invoke Arthur Koestler’s “Act of Creation” to postulate currents flowing at perhaps a subconscious level that then suddenly converge in a moment of realization/creation. Perhaps it is even akin to a seizure. Fyodor Dostoyevsky would say his seizures, while not contributory per se to his storying brilliance, at least to his knowledge, were among the most blissful states. Read More: http://www.semionaut.net/abductive-method/ a