The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity
by Maria Popova”Generating interesting connections between disparate subjects is what makes art so fascinating to create and to view . . we are forced to contemplate a new, higher pattern that binds lower ones together.”It seems to be the season for fascinating meditations on consciousness, exploring such questions as what happens while we sleep, how complex cognition evolved, and why the world exists. The process of combining more primitive pieces of information to create something more meaningful is a crucial aspect both of learning and of consciousness and is one of the defining features of human experience.