Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Yg "my Krazy Life" Release Date & Cover Art

The culture, the streets. and that's what I am. The West Coast." While YG feels he's the face of the West Coast, he also takes inspiration from albums from the East Coast. When speaking about his new work, YG said his album will be a great one. "It's on ten," YG said. "When people get it and hear it, they're gonna love it. I feel like it's gonna be a classic. It's the best work me and Mustard did so far. I was listening to a lot of classic albums likeThe Chronic,Get Rich or Die Tryin', Doggystyle, Life After Death. In an interview with HipHopDX published yesterday (November 28), YG spoke about what he's thankful for . I'm thankful for my life, my family, YG said during an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. God blessed me with everything that he blessed me with. Just the homies and my whole movement and my fans and just everything I got going on. I'm blessed for everything. I'm blessed to be living today. I'm not in jail. I got homies in jail, facing life. I'm blessed to be out here, doing what I'm doing. (November 29) UPDATE: YG's My Krazy Life is set to be released March 18 via Def Jam Recordings.
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Monday, February 17, 2014

a Sense Of Humor Increases Creativity

Does a sense of humor make for a more creative mind? Perhaps. There are certainly many creative and intelligent people who also like to have a good laugh. Consider the following two examples.

American physicist Richard Feynman was a joint recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965, for his work on quantum electrodynamics. He is credited with the concept and early exploration of quantum computing. He also had a very well developed sense of humor.

Here is how he is described in Wikipedia: "As well as being an inspirational lecturer, bongo player, notorious practical joker, and decipherer of Maya hieroglyphs, Richard Feynman was regarded as an eccentric and a free spirit. He liked to pursue multiple seemingly independent paths, such as biology, art, percussion, and lock picking." An unusual character, to say the least.

Another example of the combination of a very creative mind with a sense of humor is found in Albert Einstein. You may have seen one of the more famous photos of him, in which he is sticking his tongue out at the photographer. Einstein was known to be very playful and full of laughter.

But is this just coincidence? We are all a collection of character traits after all. Is it possible that Einstein and Feynman just happen to have a well-developed sense of humor - which had no relation to the creative work which they did? Maybe. But there is a more likely explanation.

Sense Of Humor And Creativity

According to brain researchers, three parts of the brain light up when you laugh at a joke. There is the thinking part that helps you get the joke, the area that controls the movements of your muscles and an emotional area that makes you feel good. What makes something funny isn't as clearly understood, but humor researcher (what a job!) John Morreall believes laughter is a response to incongruities or stories that disobey conventional expectations.

Does that sound familiar? Stories that disobey conventional expectations? That is the essence of lateral thinking. Consider that while other mathematicians and physicists were more conventional, Einstein was imagining himself riding on a beam of light. That's a whole different approach - closer to the kind of thinking that makes humor possible than to the usual analytical thinking of mathematicians and physicists.

Of course a correlation doesn't prove causation. In other words, Feynman's love of practical jokes and Einstein's readiness to play and laugh don't necessarily cause more creativity. Instead, it is possible that their creative genius and there sense of humor are both caused (at least in part) by a different way of thinking.

If this different way of thinking explains the correlation between humor and intellectual creativity, then developing your sense of humor wouldn't necessarily help you to become more creative (although you might be happier). To do that, you would have to change the deeper patterns of thought. But then, what if humor did just that?

Remember that humor lights up three parts of the brain, starting with the thinking part that helps you get the joke. Consider a one-liner, like "If at first you don't succeed, skydiving may not be for you." A joke like this starts out with a traditional saying ("If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."), and then surprises you. It disobeys conventional expectations. It goes in an unexpected direction.

What did the fish say when he ran into a concrete wall? - "Dam"

To "get it," your mind must go in an unexpected direction as well. In other words, creating or understanding humor is essentially a process, and a practice of lateral thinking. (Lateral thinking is a way of attacking problems from other angles, as opposed to the more traditional linear and logical ways. ) Doesn't it seem likely that if you exercise your mind in this way, you will also have more ability to think "outside the box" - to be more creative in your problem solving?

Two eggs are in a frying pan and one says to the other, "Gosh it's getting hot in here." The other one screams, "Oh my god, it's a talking egg!"

Many people have observed that the relaxation which often comes with laughter results in greater productivity. This makes sense. It is easier to do good work, and have good ideas when you are less stressed. But beyond that, I think the research will eventually show that developing one's sense of humor specifically develops a kind of thinking that leads to greater creativity.