Navigation Links
Project Mind Survey of Israeli Ph.D. Scientists Favors a New Standard of Creativity in Science
Date:4/3/2008

JERUSALEM, Israel, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A majority of the Israeli scientists, in a recent survey on creativity, expressed a willingness to use special methods that could "put them into a creative state and keep them in this state for as long as desired." Sponsored by the Jerusalem-based Project Mind Foundation and conducted by TNS Teleseker, the survey surprisingly revealed that, even when the issue of risk was raised, one fifth of the total sample expressed a medium or high level of willingness to try these methods. More than a third of the sample expressed even a "strong willingness" to use such methods.

Over 3,300 Israeli Ph.D. scientists were solicited for their opinions on the subject of creativity in the survey conducted via the Internet and 237 full interviews were completed.

David S. Devor, Chairman of the Project Mind Foundation, advised, "The survey was designed to help the organization prepare scientists to generate unusually intense efforts of contemplation which can lead to enduring states of creative vision -- the innovative potential of which cannot be overestimated." Devor stressed that "Hopefully, much, if not all research, now being carried out in the laboratory, will someday be done entirely in the mind vastly accelerating scientific breakthroughs."

"Today," Devor continued, "scientific advance is associated with very brief 'Eureka sparks' of creative intuition, while the potential for higher, more enduring states of creativity is almost universally ignored. Perhaps this is owing to the stigma of obsession and the significant psychological and/or physiological risks associated with contemplation of unprecedented intensity. Yet risk is common to most pioneering. It is thus most significant, to the world scientific community, that our survey results indicated such a high level of willingness to undertake risks for the sake of reaching enduring states of creativity."

"Those scientists who expressed a very strong willingness to use 'methods to put them into a creative state and keep them in this state, for as long as they wished,' gave higher grades in most of the survey's parameters: (i.e., they are more independent in their work, more idealistic, and they attach more importance to creativity and spiritually than others)," noted Devor. Worthy of note is that economic and other incentives were not considered sufficiently significant to make scientists accept these risks. Methods to reduce psychological and/or physiological risks, as opposed to economic incentives, were more effective in promoting the willingness to experiment with methods of entering a creative state (42% gave a grade of 7- 10, indicating willingness to accept these risks). "Quite simply," Devor concluded, "it seems that they believe that increased creativity can improve their work."

A statistical regression was made in order to determine the parameters that most influence the intention of using methods to induce a state of creativity. Three parameters were found to be significantly influential. The most influential parameter was:

To what extent did you feel that there was more to 'perceive'

had you only had the opportunity to remain longer in the creative state?"

Those who responded positively were those who expressed a greater willingness to try methods to put them in a creative state.
The other two parameters were:

"If it were in my power, I would want to increase this ratio"

(inspiration/perspiration ratio)

and

"I have a special method or technique (internal or external)

for inducing creativity in myself."

"Thanks to this survey," states Project Mind director David Devor, "it could be said that a small step has been made towards dramatically improving the standard of creativity in scientific research worldwide."

For further information: Please contact David S. Devor: devor@usa.net

Complete survey results can be accessed at the following sites:

Survey Introduction Letter: http://www.projectmind.org/introletter.html Survey: http://www.projectmind.org/survey.html Analysis of Survey: http://www.projectmind.org/analysis.html Voluntary Comments: http://www.projectmind.org/comments.html
For details on Project Mind: http://www.projectmind.org

Contact:

David S. Devor

+972-2-624-0280

devor@usa.net


'/>"/>
SOURCE Project Mind
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Bioscience Career Fair in San Francisco Projected to Break Job Seeker Attendance Records
2. Lustgarten Foundation Announces $1.25 Million Commitment to Pancreatic Cancer Biomarker Development Project
3. China Biologic Products Announces One of Its R&D Projects Has Been Listed In National Torch Plan
4. Allen Institute for Brain Science Launches Three New Landmark Atlas Projects Focusing on the Human Brain, Developing Brain and Spinal Cord
5. Credit-card-sized platform for volatile compound analysis CAREER project goal
6. Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (CTI) Projects Zevalin(R) Sales of $15 Million With Cash Flow Breakeven for Commercial Operations in 2008
7. ADM, MGSC and ISGS Announce Carbon Sequestration Project
8. Nano-Science Center to coordinate EU-project
9. Elbit Medical Imaging Ltd. Announces that Plaza Centers Has Entered into a Joint Venture Partnership to Develop Residential and Office Projects in Romania
10. Elbit Medical Imaging Ltd. Announces Definitive Agreements for a Large Scale Luxury Mixed Use Project in Bangalore, India
11. Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies and Consumers Union collaborate on ConsumersTalkNano
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/22/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 22, 2017 , ... ... announced the addition of Tom Perkins as European director. Operating from Pennside’s Zurich ... to Pennside. , Perkins joins Pennside after more than a decade with ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... Orlando, FL (PRWEB) , ... February 21, 2017 ... ... that enables healthcare organizations to build connected digital health applications, announced a partnership ... will enable users to seamlessly connect to many clinical systems while keeping data ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 21, ... ... the Life -Sciences division, Treximo will pair its $200M operational capacity with ... consulting and project management in areas affecting quality and operational management. ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... --  Logicalis Healthcare Solutions , the healthcare-focused practice within ... provider ( www.us.logicalis.com ), today announced a new service ... service will help hospital CIOs make the best use ... and other clinicians immediate access to a pool of ... hospital IT staff to focus on broader issues such ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:2/8/2017)... Report Highlights ... The global synthetic-biology market reached nearly $3.9 ... growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.0% ... global markets for synthetic biology. - Analyses of global market ... of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2021. - Coverage ...
(Date:2/8/2017)... Report Highlights The global biosurgery ... billion in 2016 at a compound annual growth rate ... Includes - An overview of the global market for ... from 2015 and 2016, and projections of compound annual ... market on the basis of product type, source, application, ...
(Date:2/7/2017)... Ind. , Feb. 7, 2017 Zimmer ... leader in musculoskeletal healthcare, will present at the LEERINK ... New York Palace Hotel on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 ... live webcast of the presentation can be accessed at ... replay following the conference via Zimmer Biomet,s Investor Relations ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):