, Volume 61, Issue 5, pp 415–419 | Cite as

The Courageous Rationality of Being a Neuroskeptic Neuroscientist: Dr. Arne Dietrich on Creativity and Education

  • Rohit Mehta
  • Danah Henriksen
  • Punya Mishra
  • The Deep Play Research Group
Column: Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century
“If I can tell you, right now, a piece of neuroscience that enhances creativity, I wouldn’t be talking to you. I would be living in a palace… and I would have trillions of dollars.”
  • Dr. Arne Dietrich

“The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought.”
  • Walter Gilbert

“The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning - in other words, of absurdity - the more energetically meaning is sought”.
  • Václav Havel


Research on human behavior and psychology is often caught up in methodological and ethical debates—at the core of which lies a tension between the observable and the unobservable aspects of being human. This tension exists between what can or cannot be identified, defined, and quantified about human experience. In educational research, for instance, scholars have attempted to study the contents and workings of the human mind using the methods of natural science. These approaches aim to create categories of human experience to try to find causality and...



The Deep-Play Research group is a loose collective of faculty and graduate students at Arizona State University and Michigan State University. Participants include: Danah Henriksen, Sarah Keenan, Rohit Mehta, Punya Mishra, Carmen Richardson & Melissa Warr.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rohit Mehta
    • 1
  • Danah Henriksen
    • 2
  • Punya Mishra
    • 2
  • The Deep Play Research Group
  1. 1.College of EducationMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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