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Comment by 用心涼Coooool on May 31, 2021 at 3:23pm

Pioneering Psychologist Jerome Bruner
on How to Master the Art of “Effective Surprise”


An act that produces effective surprise [is] the hallmark of the creative enterprise. 

It is essential, here to distinguish between creativity and originality. In a sentiment that brings to mind Twain’s famous assertion that plagiarism is the seed of creative work, Alexander Graham Bell’s conviction that “our most original compositions are composed exclusively of expressions derived from others,” and Henry Miller’s poetic debunking of the originality illusion, Bruner cautions:


The road to banality is paved with creative intentions. Surprise is not easily defined. It is the unexpected that strikes one with wonder or astonishment. What is curious about effective surprise is that it need not be rare or infrequent or bizarre and is often none of these things. Effective surprises … seem rather to have the quality of obviousness about them when they occur, producing a shock of recognition following which there is no longer astonishment. 

He goes on to outline three kinds of effectiveness in surprise.


Predictive effectiveness is “the kind of surprise that yields high predictive value in its wake” — for instance, as in the most elegant formulae of mathematics and physics, which hold that whenever certain conditions are present, a specific outcome is guaranteed to be produced. (All of these 17 equations that changed the world are excellent examples.) Predictive effectiveness doesn’t always come through surprise — it’s often “the slow accretion of knowledge and urge.” And yet, Bruner argues, “the surprise may only come when we look back and see whence we have come” — the very thing Steve Jobs described in his autobiographical account of his own creative journey, in noting that “you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” 

Bruner’s second form is formal effectiveness, the kind most frequently encountered in mathematics and logic, and occasionally music. He cites French polymath Henri Poincaré’s famous account of how creativity works, which holds that “sudden illumination” — the mythic Eureka! moment is the unconscious combinatorial process that reveals the unsuspected kinship between facts, long known, but wrongly believed to be strangers to one another.(see column below)

Comment by 用心涼Coooool on May 30, 2021 at 11:05pm

Pioneering Psychologist Jerome Bruner on Metaphorical Effectiveness

The third,
Bruner notes, is the hardest to describe. Metaphorical effectiveness is also manifested by “connecting domains of experience that were before apart,” but what distinguishes it from the formal kind is that the mechanisms of connectedness come for the realm of art rather than science and logic — the kind of connectedness that Carl Jung described as “visionary,” in contrast to the merely psychological.

(Metaphorical thinking, after all, is at the developmental root of human imagination.)

While we are wired to make sense of the world via categorization, “metaphoric combination leaps beyond systematic placement, explores connections that before were unsuspected.”

The unifying mechanism for all three, however, remains what Einstein termed “combinatory play.” Bruner writes:

All of the forms of effective surprise grow out of a combinatorial activity — a placing of things in new perspectives. (Source:

                       Art by Julia Rothman from ‘Overcoming Creative Block.’ Click here for more.

Comment by 用心涼Coooool on May 1, 2021 at 9:05pm


Born in Hiroshima, 1975. Shintaro Ohata is an artist who depicts little things in everyday life like scenes of a movie and captures all sorts of light in his work with a unique touch: convenience stores at night, city roads on rainy day and fast-food shops at dawn etc. His paintings show us ordinary sceneries as dramas. He is also known for his characteristic style; placing sculptures in front of paintings, and shows them as one work, a combination of 2-D and 3-D world.

''afterglow'', 2011, acrylic on canvas


Shintaro Ohata is an artist who depicts little things in everyday life like scenes of a movie and captures all sorts of light in his work with a unique touch: convenience stores at night, city roads on rainy day and fast-food shops at dawn etc. His paintings show us ordinary sceneries as dramas. He is also known for his characteristic style; placing sculptures in front of paintings, and shows them as one work, a combination of 2-D and 3-D world. He says that it all started from when he wondered “I could bring the atmosphere or dynamism of my paintings with a more different way if I place sculptures in front of paintings”. Many viewers tend to assume that there is a light source set into his work itself because of the strong expression of lights in his sculpture. His further steps have been noticed as he has been featured by lots of media from overseas, including a cultural magazine from the USA that featured him on their front cover and a long interview.

「水族館」/ ''Aquarium'', 2010, panting, polystyrene based sculpture

''2'', 2011, panting, polystyrene based sculpture

「アジサイ」部分/ ”AJISAI”detail, 2009, panting, polystyrene based sculpture「さよなら三角」/
''SAYONARA SANKAKU'', 2008, panting, polystyrene based sculpture
Comment by 用心涼Coooool on May 1, 2021 at 9:03pm
「ひこうき雲」部分/ ''vapor trail''detail, 2007, panting, polystyrene based sculpture sculpture

''loop'', 2010, panting, polystyrene based sculpture「さんぽ道」/ ''SANPOMICHI -hanging around-'', 2007, acrylic on canvas「線香花火」部分/ detail''Sparklers'', 2010, panting, polystyrene based sculpture

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Comment by 用心涼Coooool on April 29, 2021 at 12:52pm


                                                       (Photo Courtesy: Eric Chavet *top; Katerina Vorvi *bottom)

According to the champion and researcher of cultural creative industries in Malaysia, Dr Tan Beng Huat, who is also a fellow member of the renowned Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM), the “character” of a city is defined by its awareness, attitude, style and philosophy it believes in. 

It seems no issue in understanding the awareness, attitude or philosophy of a city.


For instance, in Berlin, every Berliner follows traffic light; green you go, orange and red you stop, whether it is 3 in the morning or in the afternoon, for men or vehicles. 

Your car just has to stop right in front of red light, even when there is no car coming from the other side in midnight.

Comment by 用心涼Coooool on April 29, 2021 at 12:51pm

                                (Photo Courtesy: Samuel kreuzer *top; Olah Laszlo Tibor *middle/bottom)

It is obvious, all Germans “aware” or “appreciate” how important it is to be law-abiding. It is part of their disciplines, which often translate into the reliable quality of their manufacture goods such as cars, machineries and electronics. 

But, what is style? To be precise, the style of a city? and how does it shape the “character” of a place?


To me, it is simple. Style is defined by the mental image we hold for a city. When I travel to a place, there are usually a few things I would first observe. 

Comment by 用心涼Coooool on April 29, 2021 at 10:54am

Umbrella is one of them. Isn’t it strange enough?

                                       (Photo Courtesy: 2006 *top; Misha Kaklakov *middle; Diana Tula *bottom)


The way people face the weather; how do they go through rain, thunderstorm or hot sun, reflects their contentment or dissatisfaction toward the life in that city. 

Are they elegant or in a hush; bitter-faced or look into the sky with a smile?


When most people in that place hold the umbrellas and walk with poise, the scenery can be contagious. We will say to ourselves that, I would like to be part of this city. 

On the contrary, when most people are sour-looking, and rush through the weather, you know, how bad, people are not happy at all here!


The style of a city constitutes its attractiveness. With imagination and innovation, the cultural creative activists can help shape peoples’ mental picture towards a city. However, the policy makers must first have the concept of how to make life easier for their citizens.

                                                (Photo Courtesy: Julia Drobonova *top; Irina Klimenko *bottom)

         (Source of Article: June 12, 2011)

Comment by 用心涼Coooool on April 20, 2021 at 2:58pm

Alex J. Coyne: 7 Lessons In Better Writing From The Beatles

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Looking for some writing advice and inspiration? In this post, we include seven lessons in better writing from The Beatles.

When measured by album sales and song downloads, The Beatles were one of the biggest bands in existence. Yesterday is the world’s most covered song, and other tracks written by the Fab Four are familiar to most people who will read this.

While their official end came in 1970, their influences continues well into today.

Don’t forget that The Beatles were writers, too. While people see them as musicians, what they sold was their writing.

Writers can learn a lot to improve their writing through The Beatles. If you want to know more about writing that captivates those who hear and read it, they knew some writing tricks.

Go to YouTube, and look up some lyrics before reading further. Start with Strawberry Fields Forever, Help, or I Want To Hold Your Hand. Some were rock, some were blues, and others were radio-friendly – a couple were very unusual. 

Here’s what writers can learn from the writing of one of the greatest groups to exist.

Briefly, About The Beatles

The official Beatles members were Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

Albums including Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road, and A Hard Day’s Night are credited to the band. Popular, individual songs are too many to list here.

The Beatles still have an incredible influence on art, popular culture, and creativity. Their work is popular, everlasting, and original. Their work is inspiring, written about often, and discovered by new fans every day.

Do you want people to see your writing like this someday?

Comment by 用心涼Coooool on April 20, 2021 at 10:29am

Learn from the Beatles just as much as from traditional writing role models like Stephen King.

They knew how to write. 

7 Lessons In Better Writing From The Beatles

There are many writers who look to primarily fiction or non-fiction authors for inspiration. Include scriptwriters and lyricists in your list, even if you do not write in the same media which they do.

Here’s where to start exploring the Beatles: 

1. How To Use Your Words

The Beatles were responsible for the lyric ‘I am the walrus’.

People are still debating what it could have meant. But it’s still catchy enough to have sold millions of copies – and inspired thousands of other artists. 

As a writer, your greatest tool is using (and often bending) the capacity of language. Words influence a lot of things, including mood, and a writer’s tone

Does it mean that you have to use flowery, embellished language every time you write? No, not necessarily. But writers should always use language with just a dash of creativity that sets them apart from other writers in the world.

Know language, and aim to get to know it better as a writer every day.

It worked for the Beatles, and it can work for you.

Comment by 用心涼Coooool on April 20, 2021 at 10:28am

2. Writing Great Titles Is As Important As The Hook

A title is responsible for what makes a reader continue, get hooked, or read something else.

The Beatles knew the power of writing great titles. 

  • Let It Be
  • Strawberry Fields Forever
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps


On paper, the titles are powerful on their own. 

As a writer, that is what you should aim to achieve. 

Writing elements like the hook, the first paragraph, and the last sentence are just as important as writing a great title.

3. Remember To See The Business Side Of Writing

John Lennon reportedly once told another band member that it was time to ‘write a swimming pool.’

While that was pretty blunt, it describes what writers should know about the business side of their writing.

See pitches and sold work as business capital as a writer. After all, your words are worth money. Every word counts, especially when the writer intends to sell any of them. 

4. Work On Telling Great Beginnings, Middles, & Ends

The Beatles had a knack for great stories within their songs.

Read the lyrics of songs like The Ballad Of Rocky Raccoon, or Strawberry Fields Forever. Eleanor Rigby and even Can’t Buy Me Love are good examples of their storytelling capacity.

There are beginnings, middles, and ends. Distinct ones, and each song tells a story to the listener or reader.

As a writer, you should aim to make your writing always achieve this.

Excellent fiction and non-fiction writing means you should always work on better beginnings, middles, and endings.. 

5, Ideas Can Come From Anywhere (At Any Time)

The original idea for Yesterday came from a catchy melody and Paul McCartney singing the words ‘scrambled eggs’ to it. Creativity is a strange thing. It can strike at any time, and a writer has to be ready to seize the moment (or set out a time for pitching and writing every day) to keep ideas flowing.

The song Yesterday is credited as the most covered and recorded song in history. That’s really something, and it started with a very basic core idea.

Keep all your ideas. Don’t discount the weird ones. They might just be the ideas that work well with readers – and remember that the best ideas can, indeed, come from some very weird places. 

愛墾網 是文化創意人的窩;自2009年7月以來,一直在挺文化創意人和他們的創作、珍藏。As home to the cultural creative community, supports creators since July, 2009.


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