I Knew It!


My brain really is out to get me! Or at the very least mess with me until I go completely insane.

I saw this last night and thought it was so funny.  Especially, since I just read a passage in Jonah Lehrer’s book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, that explains how creative brain activity hits a peak right before sleep.  So, I guess there’s an actual scientific reason why I keep a notebook (or four) on my nightstand.

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c.b. 2012

40 thoughts on “I Knew It!

  1. This is very true.
    I don’t know how many times I’ve bolted out of bed, rushed to the computer and begun typing away until I remember I was supposed to go to sleep an hour ago…


  2. Yes, there have been times when I have to rush out of bed – quietly though, so I don’t disturb hubby – and write down stuff I need to remember. If I don’t, I’ll lie awake most of the night, thinking, “I can’t forget this!” 🙂


  3. This is the downside to being married. I can’t just turn on the light and start writing whenever ideas strike in the middle of the night.

    Not without a very angry, grumpy husband in the morning.


  4. Leila

    Ha! The cartoon is great. ‘Imagine’ is on my list of top books. I read a bit, process, and read the next part. I think Lehrer captures the processes of creativity without destroying the wonder.


    • It’s a fascinating book – I am just devouring it. The whole concept of creativity has always been an interest of mine, mainly because of my day job. I figure if I understand the mechanics of creativity, I can help my students find their own brand of creative thinking.


      • Leila

        Helping them to realize ‘creativity’ isn’t just the arts, it’s everywhere. That is a priceless lesson they’ll take with them forever.


  5. Haha, I love the Oatmeal. He’s always spot on. I often have ideas just as I’m drifting off to sleep, but I also sleep with my computer next to my bed (my iPod needs to be plugged in for my SleepCycle app) so I tend to make little notes on that. I always just thought it was sod’s law, so it’s interesting to see there’s a real actual reason behind it!


    • I know some people who keep a tape recorder or have a recording app on their smartphone so they don’t have to try and find that pen and pencil. 🙂 I still prefer writing things down, but it works for some!


  6. Makes me wonder what ideas I’ve had, had I been able to capture even a fraction of them during this time. At the moment, I find myself waking up in the middle of the night and my mind immediately clicking into high gear. I have to repeat a mantra if I have any hope of getting more sleep. It doesn’t always work. I would be okay with the thinking if it was productive, but it’s just the stupid ego spinning tales 😦


  7. haha, so true.

    oh weird! I just watched a segment of a show last night where the author of that book was interviewed. looks like a fascinating read! i’ve been doing so much thinking about creativity later. i’ll have to check out the book! 🙂


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