A wandering mind can do important work, scientists are learning - and may even be essentialBy Jonah Lehrer
August 31, 2008
...In recent years, however, scientists have begun to see the act of daydreaming very differently. They've demonstrated that daydreaming is a fundamental feature of the human mind - so fundamental, in fact, that it's often referred to as our "default" mode of thought. Many scientists argue that daydreaming is a crucial tool for creativity, a thought process that allows the brain to make new associations and connections. Instead of focusing on our immediate surroundings - such as the message of a church sermon - the daydreaming mind is free to engage in abstract thought and imaginative ramblings. As a result, we're able to imagine things that don't actually exist, like sticky yellow bookmarks.
If you haven't seen this article, stop daydreaming, and go see it.
Then you can go back to your daydreaming. I'm hoping you will daydream (and then invent, patent, and sell) some kind of waterproof thought recorder because I get all my best ideas in the shower and can't write them down in all that water.