The Graphic Recorder - Doug Neill - Jonah Lehrer on Alpha Waves - Sketch Notes from the 2nd Chapter of Imagine

Sketchnotes: Jonah Lehrer on Alpha Waves and Generating Insightful Ideas

The Graphic Recorder - Doug Neill - Jonah Lehrer on Alpha Waves - Sketch Notes from the 2nd Chapter of Imagine

In the second chapter of his book Imagine: How Creativity Works, author Jonah Lehrer focuses on the conditions under which good ideas materialize.  I am very interested in this topic, both as an educator and as an individual.  As a teacher I would like to set up a classroom environment that allow students to come up with their own good ideas.  As an individual I want to increase my chances of arriving at my own good ideas.  The biggest take-away from this chapter is that insight often comes when you’re not looking for it – it takes a relaxed state (when daydreaming, for instance) for your brain to be able to make the connections that lead to insight.

One idea from this chapter that I have been thinking a lot about lately is conceptual blending.  I find intriguing the concept that originality is nothing more than the combination of previously disconnected ideas.  It was reading about this concept that led me to start a new project: One Card One Concept.  The purpose of this project is twofold: 1)  capture individual ideas in a visual way; 2) provide the necessary conditions for conceptual blending to occur.  I have this theory that by parsing out individual ideas, it will be easier to blend those ideas in the future in a way that leads to new insight or at least new perspective.

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