Saturday, March 20, 2010

More Flow Examples

I posted before on youtube videos showing people in states of extreme creativity and flow. A few more below. The idea of flow, emanating from the work of Chicago-based Hungarian Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is described by him in this TED talk here. It is a concept that should be thought of more in the context of innovation in Ireland. Csikszentmihalyi has often made the point that flow is not just a concept relating to art and sport and that successful individuals in many walks of life attain it through their own activities (one for a later post).

1. Matt Malloy play's the Mason's Apron on the flute with the Chieftains in Belfast in 1991.

2. Eddie Murphy's Delirious - extremely strong language but again a performer that looks like he is in absolute possession of himself.

3. Bobby Fischer, who eventually met a very sad and obscure end, speaking on the Cavitt show in the summer of 1971 when he was history's greatest chess player and playing at his peak. Anyone who follows chess somewhat will know that Fischer's dominance at this stage probably rivals anything in the history of sport.

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