Re: Help! I want my creativity back!

Anders Sandberg (
Fri, 20 Dec 1996 17:07:48 +0100 (MET)

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On Thu, 19 Dec 1996, Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote:

> > Is there a link between depression and creativity?
> Yes.

A bit short, but it seems to fit in with what I read in SciAm a few years
back, where an article sought to link bipolar disorder with at least some
creative geniuses. I'm not sure how well that really works, but it is an
interesting area.

Another mental problem that can have creative effects is temporal lobe
epilepsy, which seems to have been the problem for Dostojevsky and van
Gogh, and I suspect may have been involved in the life of Scriabin (his
music gives a quite good image of the exalted visions of a temporal lobe

I really would like to find a way to (safely) experience some of these
states, to try them out and see if I could use some of them in practical
ways and then return to "normality".

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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