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Steven Johnson on Where Good Ideas Come From

“Chance favors the connected mind.”

Steven Johnson on Where Good Ideas Come From

After their animated exploration of capitalism, the RSA are back with a visual distillation of one of the most important questions in creative culture: Where do good ideas come from?

Steven Johnson tackles the grand question with insights from his latest book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (public library), and a historical perspective on innovation throughout human civilization. His answer strongly echoes the Brain Pickings mission — to build a rich and wide-spanning pool of mental resources that serve as the building blocks of creativity.

That’s the real lesson: Chance favors the connected mind.

Also worth watching is Johnson’s recent TED talk, one of my favorites this year:

Where Good Ideas Come From comes as a fine addition to these must-read books by TEDGlobal speakers.

Published September 23, 2010




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