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Okay, my topic is attention-getting and risks offending those that read it, however this is quite opposite of my purpose... It's long been my belief that the Instructables and Maker communities are populated by artists in their own right. There is nothing about finding the kinds of solutions that we find that says to me "this isn't art". I think that I'm biased though because I always think of my 'creations' through the lens of an artistic eye. Not necessarily that I have to make something "pretty", or value that over function, but that the function inevitably has an artistic aspect to it whether intentional or not. I'm not in a position now to make a lengthy essay to explain (or defend) my meaning, but I'm curious if there are other like-minded individuals that have something to say.

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Goodhart (author)2008-06-30

I would have to agree with Nacho's conclusion: I, for instance, love to do my thing with wood (pyrographs, see picture), and my next instructable will be on a problem solving method of converting a useless Radio Shack Digital Voice recorder/player into something that works, and the steps to get there. A better communication between both halves of the brain through the corpus callosum brings the greatest overall benefit I believe. Oddly enough, this is more easily accomplished in the female brain, then many male brains (of the normal population).

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Subvert (author)Goodhart2008-07-05

I'm not really convinced either about the evidence of any particular single structural difference between male and female brains resulting in these kinds of tasks being particularly easier or harder for one gender or another. And the corpus callosum isn't the only connection between the hemispheres of the brain, btw. And besides, I think you're thinking about theories regarding multi-tasking vs unitasking rather than...I don't know...creativity? Artistic ability?

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Goodhart (author)Subvert2008-07-06

And besides, I think you're thinking about theories regarding multi-tasking vs unitasking rather than...I don't know...creativity? Artistic ability? Well, as you kind of hint at, many things go hand in hand; that is, I have the artistic, linguistic, creative side to me, and my job has me doing 5 things on 2 different computer systems (not to mention the constant surveillance of a 28 server LAN) all at once, but my wife can't draw a straight line with a ruler, and has trouble cooking more than one element of a meal at one time (multitasking). It isn't so much "exclusive" to male female, only generally so.

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2008-06-30
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NachoMahma (author)2008-06-27

. Instructables seem to attract more left-brain ppl than right-brain ones. Not that there is not an active r-b community here, just that the l-b'ers seem to outnumber them. . > but that the function inevitably has an artistic aspect to it . That sounds like a fusion of l-b and r-b. Maybe you're ambi.

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Subvert (author)NachoMahma2008-07-05

I'm not really convinced that the evidence behind the theory of right brain vs left brain being especially related to theories of creativity, etc. And I'm especially not convinced that people are inherently more "right brain" or "left brain". We're ALL brain, but maybe training and more specific circuitry might give different results even if the evidence doesn't really support full blown theories like those that have been presented.

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Goodhart (author)Subvert2008-07-06

environment has much to do with it too I believe.

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skunkbait (author)2008-07-05

I guess it depends on your definition of "Art". My wife's degree is in Fine Arts (painting, sculpture, pottery, etc.). I build/rebuild motorcycles, hot-rods, and guns. I've always thought of myself as the problem solver (with little regard to aesthetics), but under some definitions, I guess I'm as much of an artist as she is.

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Sharku (author)2008-07-05

well that you ask....... my first person to draw on flash................ pretty good for my first.. i guess

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=SMART= (author)2008-07-01

I think the art section is geared towards umm art like painting and sculptures, nowadays ANYTHING can be called art so i cant really say anything without offending someone..

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KentsOkay (author)2008-06-30