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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 is playing because making this sound, expressing this melody, makes him happy. The hardest work always comes after, when you’re trying to make the idea real. The University of Utah has adopted this book for the year, which I admit is what prompted me to read it. This audiobook kept me rapt en route to school and home again for about two weeks.

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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. So very sad that Lehrer has resigned and admitted that parts of this book were made up, in particular quotes from Bob Dylan.


Make it available to anotherAnd the comment thread is filled with similar indictments. I never found the degradation of the narrator compelling or revelatory. Liar, Liar Pants on fire!

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Honestly, I think it just brought the entire book together for me.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the book’s penultimate chapter. Come to think of it, there’s this cat called Bob Dylan who once made a close study of the folk-music tradition ….

Given the research cited, there is clearly an intriguing feedback mechanism taking place creatifity these large and vibrant metropolises, but to say that the city itself causes the creativity is spurious and misleading.

In light of recent developments, I feel the need to rewrite my initially positive review. This is a suspiciously conspicuous hole. I have read that some of Lehrer’s quotes were fabricated, so take what you read with a grain of salt. Apr 06, Brian Clegg rated it liked it. Because woorks I can shrug it off and keep smiling.

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This, we are assured, improves employee “performance”, in the sense of “generating new ideas” for profit. We probably do, but that still doesn’t mean we can all be Bob Dylan. For example, Lehrer notes that creativity is by and large a product of cities — places where people are typically forced to encounter those who have different values, represent different cultures, or simply have different ideas.


Heard on All Things Considered. But …more It doesn’t give specifics, but Wikipedia has this: And as such, my bias tends to lean toward “more rigor and less rhetoric”.

At another point, he offers a “parable” about how knowing less about a field of endeavour can help us think more creatively about problems in it, but we can all name a million counter-examples. Lehrer is not a professional narrator like Mr.

I’m not sure this can be explained; unfortunately, the book does not really explore the reason for this. And of course this is very inconvenient. Well, long warm showers are a known stimulus, but so is some daydreaming, working across disciplines, travelling, taking risks, being serious about lenrer, and any other number of things. Jun 20, Cheryl Dickemper rated it did not like it Shelves: It seems that we too often treat the “creativity” of “innovators” as this creativigy natural resource.

There is something very sexy and energizing about the topic itself.