Music, the Mind, and the Questions that Make us Human: a Closer Look at Platon Karataev

In every era, we find artistic genius that is far beyond its time. The transcendent, vivid music created by Platon Karataev falls into this rare category. Each note draws the listener in closer; each lyric seems to be imbued with tens of thousands of meanings.

The Nature of Insight: The Lotus Puzzle, a Zen Koan Exercise

The following exercise is meant to confer a firsthand experience of ordinary insight. In Zen meditation traditions, these types of puzzles and intractable statements are known as Koans. Take a moment to focus your mind and try the following exercise, contemplating the problem until you experience a flash of insight that conveys the answer. AContinue reading “The Nature of Insight: The Lotus Puzzle, a Zen Koan Exercise”

Schizophrenia and Superhuman Creativity: Schizophrenia, Mystics, and Eminem

It is no secret in scientific literature that the brains of highly innovative creatives show similar processes to those who suffer from serious mental illness. It is apparently a double-edged sword; the heightened activity in a creative’s mind, is their gift; but for the schizophrenic, it is their curse. What makes for a creative genius, is, on the extreme end of the spectrum, what makes for schizophrenia.