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Preview — Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
Imagine: How Creativity Works
Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the color blue can help you double your creative output?
From the New York Times best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative
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Jonah Lehrer, a staff writer for the New Yorker, has resigned after admitting to falsifying quotes.
After earlier disputing claims made by a magazine writer, Lehrer admitted on Monday that he had been guilty of making up and misattributing quotes about Bob Dylan in his best-selling book, Imagine: How Creativity
What is sad is that no one in the publishing world seems to have a high enough degree of scientific literacy to tell that Lehrer has just been b--sh---ing the whole time. Dylan quotes--someone is an expert on that. But science--we'll just believe whatever the cute dork says.
Original review below.
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The second half of the book, titled "Together", was more interesting to me. For example, I did not know that the ...more
He also told the story of how Swiffer was invented. Interesting!
well...I did think this book was great. Until I found out that he fabricated quotes in the Bob Dylan chapter and then lied to cover it up. It seems likely (the investigation is still ongoing) that more of the book is fabricated. 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.
Two quibbles, one audio-related, one not. Audio: Lehrer is not a great reader. While regional accents are terrific, h ...more
The g ...more
I recently read Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit, which used the same idea - going from personal to business to social - but seemed flimsy. So how does Lehrer succeed? He ...more
That’s how Jonah Lehrer frames his wide-ranging romp through the world of creativity, touching down briefly on practitioners as diverse as Bob Dylan, the 3M Corporation, Broadway producers, Shakespeare, and Procter and Gamble. By examining the ways and means of the creative “geniuses” who produc ...more
Here's a great quote:
"The mystery is this: ...more
Here are just a few tips I picked up:
-- Move ...more
Needless to say, I was eager to read Imagine when I first heard about it ...more
07/11/12 -- I feel like I should begin by saying I started listening to this after listening to Scott Brick narrate The Passage and SB is pretty much the greatest narrator on the planet (or so I've been told). When I started ...more
First off, there's not as much scientific research on creativity like there is on decision making. (Which is what Lehrer's last book is about.) So nothing really adds up and ...more
There is something very se ...more
One reviewer called Lehrer "the Malcolm Gladwell of the mind" and that seems right. The writing is fluid and readable, but bases broad generalizations about different types of creat ...more
-"The concept is only the start of the process. The hardest work always comes after, when you're trying to make the idea real."
-Frustration - the act of being stumped - is an essential part of the creative process. Before we can find the answer - before we probably even know the question - we must be immersed in disappointment, convinced a sol ...more
Before I read it.
Why would I read a book I thought I wouldn't like? Read the second sentence up there. I thought it would be fun to rip it to shreds. It's always good to get stuff like that out of the system. Remember, the pen is mightier than the sword.
But it's so darn well written. It's so danged informative. It's written with tell 'em what you're gonna tell 'em, tell 'em, then tell 'em what yo ...more
However, the awe I was in when I finished this book started to disappear once I read that he made-up Bob Dylan’s quotes for his book and that he also lied about the context in which some non-existent quotes were given. I think the book could still have been good even if it wouldn’t have Bob Dylan as one of his multip ...more
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