Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
How Creativity Works

68%

20 Critic Reviews

This may sound like nitpicking. But science writers, like teachers, have an obligation to get the facts right. When enough details are wrong, readers may lose confidence in the big picture.
-NY Times

Synopsis

This book was pulled from shelves when it came to light that the author fabricated many parts.
 

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Published January 1, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 304 pages
Genres: Self Help, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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All: 20 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 20 2012

Lehrer writes with verve, creating an informative, readable book that sparkles with ideas.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Christopher Chabris on May 11 2012

This may sound like nitpicking. But science writers, like teachers, have an obligation to get the facts right. When enough details are wrong, readers may lose confidence in the big picture.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Steven Poole on Apr 19 2012

The amazing presumption of Lehrer's description, the shattering banality of its explanation, and its mystifying stupidity are all entirely characteristic of a phenomenon best branded "neuroscientism".

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Roth on Mar 23 2012

He says that working memory is an essential tool of the imagination, and his book is an excellent example of how a dynamic storehouse of captivating information feeds creative thinking and writing.

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Chron.com

Good
Reviewed by Maggie Galehouse on Mar 25 2012

“Imagine” is thick with exciting ideas: Cities are creative engines; Shakespeare was not only a singular genius, but also a product of his own time; allowing employees to wander, both mentally and literally, can result in larger profits for companies.

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The Millions

Below average
Reviewed by Tim Requarth, Meehan Crist on Mar 12 2012

Lehrer’s polished style, affable enthusiasm, and obvious intelligence make it tempting not to question the science as he sees it. All the more troubling, then, that right from the outset of Imagine there are signs that science may be taking a backseat to story...

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Annenberg Digital News

Excellent
Reviewed by Shaina Eng on Mar 19 2012

Lehrer gives an informative, compelling and entertaining look at how we imagine and provides the reader with the tools to become more creative—and more successful—in all aspects of life.

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Mother Jones

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Mechanic on Mar 12 2012

In this entertaining Gladwellesque plunge into the science of creativity, Jonah Lehrer mingles with a wide cast of characters...to deconstruct how we accomplish our great feats of imagination.

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Psychology Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Jonathan Wai on Apr 16 2012

To observe the way Lehrer uses words is to experience the work of an artist who has honed his craft over many years. 

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Los Angeles Times

Below average
Reviewed by Eric Juggernaut on May 05 2012

He surveys a number of fascinating aspects of the creative process–insight, novelty, hard work, team work, environment, and others–but seems to shuffle through them without truly grasping their essence. As a result, the various themes feel disparate and disconnected.

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HYPE

Excellent
Reviewed by Tim Coates on May 09 2012

“Imagine: How Creativity Works” is one of those books that you’ll be able to share with colleagues and develop a new language around how you work together.

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Shelah Books It

Good
Reviewed by Shelah on Apr 30 2012

Dare I say I have a literary crush on Lehrer, whose work makes neuroscience accessible to the masses? Imagine was no different.

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Compass Book Ratings

Good
Reviewed by Cindy on Apr 30 2012

An extremely accessible presentation of the non-fiction material made this book an easy read and generated a lot of dinner table discussion in my household.

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Abhinav Agarwal

Good
Reviewed by Abhinav Agarwal on Apr 30 2012

First, he writes exceedingly well, a craft honed no-doubt over thousands of hours of focused practice, and secondly, his writings are very much into understanding how the mind works...

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Zenpundit

Good
Reviewed by J. Shipman on Mar 28 2012

All in all, IMAGINE is an informative and inspiring book on how to be personally and culturally more innovative and creative. I’d recommend this book to parents, educators, leaders, and anyone with curiosity.

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The First Gates

Good
Reviewed by Morgan on Mar 23 2012

This is a wonderful study for anyone interested in imagination, creativity, and the conditions which favor it.

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BlawgConomics

Below average
Reviewed by Josh Sturtevant on May 14 2012

Additionally, there is a mixing of causation and correlation which seems to be too easy a trap of someone of Lehrer's clear intellect to fall prey to, but which exists nonetheless.

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Creativity & Innovation

Below average
Reviewed by Keith Sawyer on May 14 2012

...although my overall sense was that his book didn’t really have anything new that hadn’t already appeared in other good creativity books.

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Minds and Brains

Good
Reviewed by Gary Williams on Apr 17 2012

So Imagine is chock full of all the latest research on creativity, and if you are interested in getting a quick introduction to that literature, Imagine is well worth reading.

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Mary Doria Russell

Good
Reviewed by Mary Russell on Apr 09 2012

This book is, in some sense, a how-to manual. As such, I can recommend it: Lehrer validates and elucidates patterns I’ve gradually come to rely on, during 15 years of scientific research and 20 years of writing fiction.

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