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Art Works Podcast: Jonah Lehrer

This week's podcast is a conversation with Jonah Lehrer, who wrote Imagine: How Creativity Works, a book that has gotten people talking and thinking.

Creativity and innovation are getting a lot of play these days. Everyone seems to agree these are the engines that propel art, science, and business. But there seems to be more time spent talking about creativity than actually fostering it. And in his book Imagine, Lehrer makes clear that creativity can be nurtured, and is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. Rather, it’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Drawing from a wide array of scientific and sociological research, Lehrer spells out the connections between neuroscience and creative expression and reveals the deep inventiveness of the human mind. Lehrer, who is a contributing editor to Wired and author of Proust was a Neuroscientist, demonstrates that science is now able to identify the various thought processes that allow creativity to flourish.

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