Searching The Brain For The Spark Of Creative Problem-Solving
Let lightning strike. Let the clues suddenly coalesce in the brain —
“field!” — as they do so often for young children solving a riddle. As
they must have done, for that matter, in the minds of those early humans
who outfoxed nature well before the advent of deduction, abstraction or SAT prep courses. Puzzle-solving is such an ancient, universal practice, scholars say, precisely because it depends on creative insight, on the primitive spark that ignited the first campfires.