Fine Structure

By Beer or Bourbon

I've been spending some time recently thinking about different "modes" of brain function, like creative daydreaming and less creative, more focused work mode and how one can conjure up these modes rather than being subjected to them whenever they occur. It behooves me, then, to keep track of interesting notes on Jonah Lehrer's blog of a similar nature. In this particular post he talks about how alcohol causes the mind to wander - usually considered a good thing if you're trying to be creative - but also makes it more difficult for you to tell that your mind is wandering, and thus unable to distinguish good creative ideas from bad ones.

I stole the title of this post from a particular passage in his post, mostly because I would read an entire book on the effects of alcohol on the brain, especially if it had the wonderfully alliterative title "By Beer or Bourbon". ]