What I love about the books Sparks of Genius is that it looks into the thinking skills of the world's most innovative, creative and accomplished people and weaves a thread of what thinking skills they share.
The account I find most interesting is of a cancer researcher. When asked what college course was most influential in his research methods, he replied, "Drama." Drama! He gathers his colleagues about and has them model the cancer cell and the treatment. They phyically need to act out and predict how their assigned role will respond.
Here is a list of some of the thinking tools discussed:
4. Forming Patterns
6. Body Thinking
She said that trail running helped her tremendously with her Ph. D work.
She said they were analogous. When she came to roadblocks on her dissertation or research, she thought of a recent trail marathon she had completed. She made comparisions to wanting to quit the race when she came to a big hill or lonely stretch. She wanted to quit when she was tired or hurting and mentally exhausted. But she persisted, pushed on and eventually got a second wind and felt a sense of flow. She said this was very similar to her academic pursuits.
Analogous thinking! One of the chapters in the book.
So, take some time to look into this book. I believe you will find it really interesting. Buy your own copy because you will want to make annotations. My copy is filled with post-it notes, pencil notes, and highligter marks. Happy reading!
Remember: Pursue what you love, you may be surprised where the trail takes you.
Venture the climb, the view is wonderful.