Imagine: How Creativity Works is the third non-fiction book by Jonah Lehrer, published in It explores brain science, and creativity and its social aspects. The origin, pursuit, and secret of creativity are a central fixation of the at the heart of Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer — who. How did Bob Dylan write “Like a Rolling Stone”? The pop-science writer Jonah Lehrer wasn’t there, but he pretends to know anyway. Inspired.
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He slags off the great Alex Osborn, because his idea ‘brainstorming’ doesn’t really deliver. Since a subtext of his book is that we need creativity now more than ever and should seek it out and encourage it, that blindness seemed a huge flaw.
Read more Read less. Ideas are spread and elaborated upon, which leads to the explosion of new ideas.
Inspired by Dylan’s own description of “vomiting” forth the song’s lyrics, Lehrer peers inside the singer’s skull and announces confidently that the “right hemisphere” of Dylan’s brain was combining “scraps” or “fragments” of existing songs and poetry in a “mental blender”, before spitting out a set of “lyrics that make little literal sense”.
His insights were to create from an uninhibited expression of the right hemisphere. I’ve had pointed out to me that the author just got sacked from The New Yorker for making up the Dylan comments in this book. In summary, I found “Imagine” an enjoyable and stimulating read. Imagine goes beyond simply describing the processes to describing lehrr they have been applied in business.
Non-compete clauses are not enforced there. He talks about how a burnt-out Bob Dylan retreated to Woodstock, NY, with the intention of never again picking up a guitar, only to joanh the best music of his career literally days later.
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Read an excerpt of Imagine. And there you get ‘Just Do It. This is a classic misunderstanding that tends to come if you don’t actually read Osborn’s books. But research has consistently showed that a young child’s “play” leads to stronger critical thinking, social skills, and self-regulation than a curriculum focused on skill acquisition.
Imagine also peddles a strain of peculiarly unhelpful self-help.
He wanted there to be mixing. I was really interested in the aspects of the influence of cities over productivity, and how electronic crsativity don’t deliver the same effect. Cretivity talks about the Q effect, a mathematical equation that says that the right mix of compatriots and strangers working together can guarantee a Broadway hit.
A problem that was posted concerned a polymer with unique and perplexing chemical properties. I am an avid musician of 20 years, a working Illustrator and I do rehab work with adults with traumatic brain injuries. That is still the only good reason to play.
AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Come to think of it, there’s this cat called Bob Dylan who once made a close study of the folk-music tradition … The larger problem for the book as a how-to guide, though, is the sheer variety of activities that Lehrer has conflated without argument as representing “creativity” or “imagination”.
The larger problem for the book as a how-to guide, though, is the sheer variety of activities that Lehrer has conflated without argument as representing “creativity” or “imagination”. Our great idea might lead someone else to make the breakthrough product or service, but hopefully our interactions with others might fine tune our idea to better serve its purpose. I can think of several other people who will get something out of Imagine – they’ll be getting copies as well.
He’s creative all right but I really have no respect for him anymore–he’s a journalist after all and his behavior violates the basic ethics of journalism. For most of us, this is fantastic news. It seems likely the investigation is still ongoing that more of the book is fabricated.
A mix of concrete examples lehrrer science exploration into how creativity works, this book has loads of implications for the classroom. The University of Utah has adopted this book for the year, which I admit is what prompted me to read it. Until I found out that he fabricated quotes in the Bob Dylan chapter and creativoty lied to cover it up.
If you are only worried about not making a mistake, then you will communicate nothing. Some might even be good policies. Never get creativitj the way of an obsessed Dylan fan, Lehrer. Whether you’re writing a Shakespearean tragedy, or trying to come up with a new graphic design or writing a piece of software, how we think about the problem should depend on the problem itself.
Take for example, the chapter on how “brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea. And you know what? Nor would one reject new good ideas that come up during the winnowing.
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His writing mimics the subject matter he’s talking about. All we need is the right climate: And of course this is very inconvenient. Secondly, and more damningly, the book is so male-oriented that it inspired the kind of frustration I haven’t felt since the bad old days of teachers “jokingly” telling the girls they couldn’t do or be something or other.
I also found it beneficial when he talked about the letting go and that when we are worried and stressed, we are less involved in what we do and all we communicate to our surrounding is just nothing. Near the end of the book, he attempts to demystify Shakespeare in this way, leaning heavily on Stephen Greenblatt and TS Eliot to rehearse the familiar point that the flowering of Shakespeare’s art was dependent on the environment of Elizabethan London.
On why you should stop trying to harness your brain, and instead help your brain get out of its harness. I did think this book was great.