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Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
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Dec 09, 2010

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Applauded as "a voyage of discovery" by the Dallas Morning News and "a magical mystery tour" by the Oregonian, Good Ideas is an in-depth exploration of creativity that mines both the human and natural worlds for insights and patterns in an attempt to understand what stirs the human mind. The critics were generally pleased with Johnson's nimble writing and illuminating conclusions, but a few pointed out some problems in execution -- namely, the copious anecdotes he uses to support his arguments. Though entertaining, the dizzying jumps from one fascinating story to the next, often covering several centuries and multiple continents in a single chapter, overwhelmed the narrative. However, Johnson's skepticism of "eureka" moments is worth the price of admission. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

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