Top 10 Quotes by Jonah Lehrer

Jonah Lehrer

Creativity is a catchall term for a variety of distinct thought processes.

Jonah Lehrer
The great ages did not perhaps produce much more talent than ours,' [T.S.] Eliot wrote. 'But less talent was wasted.
Jonah Lehrer

And so we keep on thinking, because the next thought might be the answer.

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Children can't help but create: they need to put their mind on the page, they want to paint, to sculpt, to write short stories.
Jonah Lehrer

It is ironic but true: the one reality science cannot reduce is the only reality we will ever know. This is why we need art. By expressing our actual experience, the artist reminds us that our science is incomplete, that no map of matter will ever explain the immateriality of our consciousness.

Jonah Lehrer
So let's not pretend that travel is always fun. We don't spend 10 hours lost in the Louvre because we like it, and the view from the top of Machu Picchu probably doesn't make up for the hassle of lost luggage. (More often than not, I need a holiday after my holiday.) We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.
Jonah Lehrer

[It's] troubling because it reminds us how difficult it is to prove anything. We like to pretend that our experiments define the truth for us. But that's often not the case. Just because an idea is true doesn't mean it can be proved. And just because an idea can be proved doesn't mean it's true. When the experiments are done, we still have to choose what to believe.

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The best way to solve a problem? Try explaining it to somebody outside your field.
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Every creative story is different. And every creative story is the same. There was nothing. Now there is something. It's almost like magic.

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For too long, we've assumed that there is a single template for human nature, which is why we diagnose most deviations as disorders. But the reality is that there are many different kinds of minds. And that's a very good thing.