Oliver Sacks: el privilegio y la aventura de la vida

He sido cada vez más consciente, durante los últimos 10 años, de muertes entre mis contemporáneos. Mi generación está terminando, y cada muerte que he sentido es un desprendimiento, una parte de mí misma. No habrá nadie como nosotros cuando nos hayamos ido, pero tampoco habrá nadie como nadie. Cuando las personas mueren, no pueden ser reemplazadas. Dejan huecos que no se pueden llenar, porque es el destino, el destino genético y neuronal, de cada ser humano ser un individuo único, encontrar su propio camino, vivir su propia vida, morir su propia muerte.

No puedo fingir que no tengo miedo. Pero mi sentimiento predominante es de gratitud. He amado y he sido amado; Me han dado mucho y he dado algo a cambio; He leído, viajado, pensado y escrito. He tenido una relación con el mundo, la relación especial de escritores y lectores.

Sobre todo, he sido un ser sensible, un animal pensante, en este hermoso planeta, y eso en sí mismo ha sido un enorme privilegio y aventura.

My Own Life de Oliver Sacks

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El placer de perderse, y aprender explorando

So, every once in a while, try to learn something new (or solve a problem you are facing) the hard way: by exploring it. It will take longer and it might be more frustrating at first, but you will experience in-depth learning. You will enjoy the path, and you will find things you didn’t expect to find. Some of them might not be relevant to the immediate problem you are facing, but they might serve you in the future. In some cases, you will find out that the question you started with was not even the right one.

— Lidor Wyssocky

Libretas y lapiceros: ralentizar la carga mental, incrementar la creatividad

To be creative, you have to adopt a slower pace. You have to have the bandwidth for things to sink in. Starting your day by storming on the backlog from a week ago, or rushing from one task to another, multitasking and constantly switching context is not healthy, not efficient, and most of all, it doesn’t allow you to build or regain creative energy. It’s a sure recipe for burnout.

My notebook, combined with my awful handwriting, forces me to slow down. I have to take the time to plan my day with a pen and paper. I am writing way more slowly than I am typing, especially since I need to craft the letters in a way that will allow me to read what I wrote later, and I am less distracted than when I was doing all that on my laptop or on my smartphone. A notebook is a way calmer and slower medium. And that works out perfectly for me.

— Lidor Wyssocky

Commonplace books

Commonplace book
A commonplace book from the mid-17th century

Commonplace books (or commonplaces) are a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. They have been kept from antiquity, and were kept particularly during the Renaissance and in the nineteenth century. Such books are essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces are used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts. Each one is unique to its creator’s particular interests but they almost always include passages found in other texts, sometimes accompanied by the compiler’s responses. They became significant in Early Modern Europe.

Wikipedia: Commonplace_book

Tiempo, espacio y materiales. Fomentar la creatividad en los niños

The elements of time, space and materials make it possible for children to explore, invent and make their ideas visible. Thinking of these elements as invitations gets to the heart of the matter.

It’s the combination of unhurried and uninterrupted time, inviting spaces and materials that guides mind and hands, that invites creative thinking. Seeing, handling, and thinking are inseparable, as Rudolf Arheim, psychologist and scholar of art and ideas, reminds us.

Together, time, space and materials provide ‘invitations to act’.

Ursula Kolbe. Fuente: Austin Kleon — Time, space, and materials