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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Throughout, the author intones the jargon names for many different brain structures that, he says, are all important for creativity even as he occasionally mumbles a confession that their “precise function” is unknown: It’s like Lehrer sold out and became a corporate shill. For example, I did not know that the While this is a fun book, much of it seems to be quite obvious, and covered in numerous other books.

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He is playing for pleasure. Lehrerr that as “full disclosure”; take that for what you will. And so his design was to force people to come together even if it was just going to be in the bathroom.

In the mids I stepped out of the shower and wrote the basic structure Worms Ammon and I used for the handbooks and guides we wrote for teachers and librarians over the next 15 years.


Scientism is the confidence that science can explain all aspects of human life; neuroscientism is the more specific promise that brain-scans using the limited current technologies of fMRI and EEG can explain the workings of the mind. The University of Utah has adopted creeativity book for the year, which I admit is what prompted me to read it.

Marie French It doesn’t give specifics, but Wikipedia has this: Then he zooms out to show how we can make our neighborhoods more vibrant, our companies more productive, and our schools more effective. He also collapses the creative process, usually at its best consisting of at least four stages, into a single event and so totally fails to understand it.

Lehrer gives a good, scientific basis for why the brain works the way it does.

Lehrer’s evidence for his surprising claim bashing brainstorming worke a psychology study with groups of 4 or 5 undergrads, and no facilitator or special tools, working on an assigned topic they probably don’t care about. Apr 11, Schmacko rated it really liked it.

Well researched and well written. Dec 02, Ellie rated it really liked it Shelves: Maybe somebody who has read it can answer that for me. Lehrer does a fascinating job of discussing, presenting, and analyzing creativity in many forms, and his information and insights have value for us personally, as communities, and, of course, as teachers.

Jul 01, Kristi rated creativitt really liked it Shelves: That’s not the problem.


Imagine: How Creativity Works

Dylan quotes–someone is an expert on that. I have such mixed feelings about this book. It was a real pleasure reading this book. Until I found out that he fabricated quotes in the Bob Dylan chapter and then lied to cover it up.

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Society books Psychology reviews. There was plenty of room left-over for engineers and artists. Reading this book made me feel both optimistic about our potential including my own to become more creative while also finding the many suggestions overwhelming. My ears pricked up. Collapsing the layers separating the neuron from the finished symphony, Imagine reveals the deep inventiveness of the human yow, and its essential role in our increasingly complex world.

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Unfortunately, however interesting the subjects and studies referenced in this book may be, it is a disturbingly cteativity book about “creativity” that reads more like a workplace productivity seminar than anything with the slightest shade of depth.

Lehrer’s writing style flows easily and he is excellent in his use of analogies, metaphors, and examples to explain sometimes complicated ideas. Instead, they tend to arrive in tight, local clusters.

Because we’ve all got experience with creativiyt.