Puzzle Pieces

During a cruise of the Norway fjords earlier this summer, we were surprised to see tables filled with dissectologists. Outside, the Norwegian coast was stunning, but not for these puzzle players. What’s the draw? The brain loves patterns and connecting pieces to make a story.

Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg have turned puzzle-making upside down. Nervous System (http://n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com) is their creation. As a colleague stated: “Their work adopts a philosophy similar to that of artists like da Vinci and Dali; an appreciation of scientific thinking that should be integrated with art, rather than an opposing category of thought.” To that end, Rosenkrantz and Rosenberg take mushrooms, waves, dendrites and amoebae, and make remarkable, laser-cut wooden jigsaw puzzles.

Apply this concept to your speaking. Pro forma introductions, openings or closings put people to sleep. But if you introduce your unique perspective, you delight audiences as the pieces fall into place. Take something that seemed unchangeable and make the material profound. Shape and express your content in a fresh, attractive way. Bring your art and science together as one.

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