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Which parts of the brain make creativity, imagination, intuition, and consciousness?

I asked this question before, but no one knew. First one to get it gets my 10 points. Also, if you could, can you tell me if these parts were each surgically removed, would the human be able to survive? After all, humans evolved to have these things, correct? So, therefore humans didn’t need them at one time.

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  1. The brain has two hemispheres, the left and right.
    The left is analytical and logical.
    The right is creative, intuitive.
    The brain could not function if split in half, each half could not survive without the other.
    The two hemisphere’s are designed to function equally, however most people are dominant on the left… math, reading, science etc…. those people that can use both parts of their brain equally are usually highly intelligent and are some of the great thinkers of our century…. Einstein, for example.

  2. You asked a question that I am actively pursuing in studies. I can honestly say that no one really knows the complete picture. We only know bits and pieces of the puzzle so far and no one has formulated the whole thing. I suspect that it is a question that will be answered over the next 50 years of study and research. Many people are working on it. There are over 26 different universities that have significant research going on in neuroscience, cognitive sciences, and related areas of several diverse fields of study, including phenomenological philosophy.
    The idea of localization of abilities have clearly been identified for specific things like motor, vision, hearing, and linguistic understanding and speech. Other talents like music, mathematics, and the creative arts seem to be a synesthesia of sorts that blends adjoining areas of the brain.
    Because of ethical reasons you cannot remove parts of people’s brains for study, unless there are tumors that require it. So scientists often depend on lesions that occur by accidents or strokes and run volunteers who have suffered the lesions through a battery of tests. Using fMRI study of blood flow much can be determined what parts of the brain are active in normal people and patients.
    Some functions don’t entirely seem to be localized. The sense of self may or may not be localized. We know that consciousness is not a monolithic thing so we would expect parts of it to show up in diverse parts of the brain if it were localized. But excision of most of those parts doesn’t seem to eliminate all aspects of consciousness.
    Also after a stroke localized functions such as motor control seem to be able to relocate if extensive therapy is available.
    The brain appears to be a malleable thing and it is an evolving thing. Most of the mental skills of humans can be shown to exist in lower level animals who evolved long before humans did. Most of the mental abilities that we have as humans were developed in animals which preceded us in evolution. We humans, however, have mainly accomplished the honing and refining of mental abilities that already existed.
    A crow for example can count to about 5 but gets confused when you get up to 6 or higher. That is pretty good as most animals get confused above 3. Apes and chimps have abilities to develop limited language skills using sign language. It is clear that most animals have some sense of self, sense pain, and if they are social animals they all have empathy and a sense of morals.
    The real problem you might have with terms like creativity, imagination, intuition, and consciousness is that they are metaphors and mean slightly different things to different people. None of those terms are really scientific and while they help us make generalizations in every day talk, often those extrapolations veer us off into wrong directions in our research on thoughts and we end up baffled by contradictions.

  3. Consciousness begins in the “sub-conscious” part of the mind. That is where all animals except man are stuck, except for brief moments when an animal seems to use reason, such as when a dog gets help for his master who fell in a hole.
    Loren Eiseley called this animal state of mind “the eternal present.” Ayn Rand called it “range of the moment,” lasting only as long as the moment requires, then reverts back to being entirely sub-conscious.
    Psycho-epistemological intuition begins there too. When it arrives at the front consciousness like a lit light bulb, it’s because the sub-conscious was either working it previously; or because it connected instantly something it knew with what you were trying to find or answer.
    “Intuition: (Lat. intuere, to look at) The direct and immediate apprehension by a knowing subject of itself, of its conscious states, of other minds, of an external world, of universals, of values or of rational truths.”
    http://www.ditext.com/runes/i.html
    Such “apprehensions” come to you because of your psychology, dependent on your epistemology and your sense-of-life; hence the name “psycho-epistemological” intuition.
    Creativity and imagination are also begun in your sub-consciousness, brought forward by the needs of your work.
    ” We may now proceed to apply this method of isomorphism. There are two theories to explain certain psychological phenomena called the phenomena of the subconscious. One of these is that there is a consciousness performing all the acts of intelligence which are called subconscious; the other theory states that these acts are the results of an unconscious intelligence, which consists of purely physiological processes. It appears from the latter of the two above-mentioned theories that there is no essential difference between the properties of the unconscious intelligence and those of consciousness. Certain facts from my own personal experience prove that, at least in my own case, this “unconscious intelligence” can both read and remember. In March, 1911, while walking along a street, I suddenly began thinking about Virgil’s Aeneid, and my attention became fixed on the expression “alma Venus” that I then remembered having read in that poem. In that expression I thought particularly on the meaning of the first word. After a few minutes (while I was still on the same block) I began wondering why I thought about that expression so suddenly. Looking around, I discovered that, among the things in the field of vision that I had not noticed was an apartment house called “The Alma.” I certainly had no knowledge of the process which I know must have occurred, namely, the reading of the word, the memory that it was Latin, and the memory of the particular expression in which it occurred. Since, therefore, this process had occurred, and it was not within my consciousness, it was evidently a subconscious process. Accordingly, the “unconscious intelligence” within my brain can read and remember, and furthermore, it can remember for half a year, since it had been that time since I had seen that passage from Virgil.”
    Boris Sidis, Ph.D., M.D. Boston: Badger, 1914
    http://www.sidis.net/Unconscious%20Intelligence.htm
    No where could I find which physiological parts of the brain contain the sub-concsiousness. I am presuming that it is an interconnected system using both the left and right hemispheres, and we know from experience that a lobotomy seems to cause one to lose connection with his/her creative nature.
    So perhaps it is the pre-frontal cortex that controls all of the inter-connectivity.

  4. Yeah you need to be more specific.
    Like what type of creativity are you talking about, poetry, music, or problem solving?
    Imagination, what type sounds, visions, or sensations?
    With intuition there is no clear cut answer, for example would you call an autistic intuitive because they can grasp music very quickly and remember and play any piece they hear?
    Consciousness is not localized to a particular area of the brain.
    If certain parts of the brain were damaged or removed it is possible for the person to survive.
    Say for instance the Broca is damaged a person will still be able to live but they will not likely be creative as poets or be able to solve word puzzles.
    Humans are their brains, that whats make us different from all the other living creatures.
    If you removed the things that make us unique as animals then we would not likely act as a typical human.
    Your idea about “humans” not needing all the specialized areas of the brain at once is flawed because if all these areas are not present then you are a human in body only and not in mind.

  5. You are asking a trick question. Consciousness, intuition and imagination reside in your brain like software, they don’t need a specific location, although obviously they wouldn’t per se be in the the amygdala or the higher reasoning centers to the degree they might occur elsewhere, because these parts are more specialized.
    Generally straight out reasoning occurs more in the left hemisphere and creative, musical and tactile expression is in the right hemisphere. Neither side is the sole seat of cognition of imagination though.

  6. Just began asking this question today. I have not researched this matter to cite like some of the above postings. All I have is my intuition, my consciousness and subsciousness to cite…LOL.
    My thought: Possibly imagination, creativity and such is part of every living cell in our bodies… not just the brain. The same for conscious and our subconscious are in every cell of the body.
    Today I was wondering if it is imagination and creativity that is actually the “Divine” “God” (or whatever term you use for the same idea)

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