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
Jonah Lehrer

Harlow would later write, "If monkeys have taught us anything, it's that you've got to learn how to love before you learn how to live.

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Creativity is not a trait that we inherit in our genes or a blessing bestowed by the angels. It's a skill.
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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We need to be willing to risk embarrassment, ask silly questions, surround ourselves with people who don't know what we're talking about. We need to leave behind the safety of our expertise.

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What you discover when you look at creativity from the perspective of the brain is that it is universal. We're all creative all of the time, we can't help but be creative.
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Even when alternative views are clearly wrong, being exposed to them still expands our creative potential. In a way, the power of dissent is the power of surprise. After hearing someone shout out an errant answer, we work to understand it, which causes us to reassess our initial assumptions and try out new perspectives. “Authentic dissent can be difficult, but it's always invigorating,†[Charlan] Nemeth [a professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley] says. “It wakes us right up.

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The only way to maximize group creativity—to make the whole more than the sum of its parts—is to encourage a candid discussion of mistakes. In part, this is because the acceptance of error reduces cost. When you believe your flaws will be quickly corrected by the group, you're less worried about perfecting your contribution, which leads to a more candid conversation. We can only get it right when we talk about what we got wrong.
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It's a hard thing to describe. It's just this sense that you got something to say.

Jonah Lehrer
Like a work of art, we exceed our materials. Science needs art to frame the mystery, but art needs science so that not everything is a mystery. Neither truth alone is our solution, for our reality exists in plural