Imagine by Jonah Lehrer

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The best way to think about “Imagine” is as a collection of interesting stories and studies to ponder and research further.
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The profound mysteries of creative thought have long intimidated the world's finest brains. How do you measure the imagination? How do you quantify an epiphany? These daunting questions led researchers to neglect the subject for hundreds of years. In Jonah Lehrer's ambitious and enthralling new book, we go in search of the epiphany. Shattering the myth of creative 'types', Lehrer shows how new research is deepening our understanding of the human imagination. Creativity is not a 'gift' that only some possess. It's a term for a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Some acts of imagination are best done sipping espresso in a crowded cafe, while others require long walks in a quiet park. Lehrer helps us fit our creative strategies to the task at hand. The journey begins with the fluttering of neurons in the prefrontal cortex, before moving out to consider how this new science can also make neighbourhoods more vibrant, companies more productive and schools more effective. We'll learn about Bob Dylan's writing habits and the drug addiction of poets. We'll see why Elizabethan England experienced a creative explosion, and how Pixar designed its office space to get the most out of its talent. Collapsing the layers separating the neuron from the finished symphony, "Imagine" reveals the deep inventiveness of the human mind and its essential role in our increasingly complex world.
 

About Jonah Lehrer

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JONAH LEHRER is a contributing editor at "Wired" and a frequent contributor to "The New Yorker." He writes the Head Case column for the" Wall Street Journal" and regularly appears on WNYC's "Radiolab." His writing has also appeared in "Nature," the" New York Times Magazine," "Scientific American, " and "Outside." The author of two previous books, "Proust Was a Neuroscientist" and "How We Decide, " he graduated from Columbia University and attended Oxford as a Rhodes scholar.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin. 279 pages
Genres: Self Help, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science & Math, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Christopher Chabris on May 11 2012

The best way to think about “Imagine” is as a collection of interesting stories and studies to ponder and research further.

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Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Apr 02 2012

In the later pages of this engaging book Mr. Lehrer turns from analysis and reportage to prescription.

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Reviewed by Alexander Linklater on Mar 31 2012

What Lehrer achieves in the book overall is a roaming yet cohesive description of the creative process, applied across disciplines.

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