Check out the July 28 online issue of THE NEW YORKER for the article by Jonah Lehrer, under Annals of Science, The Eureka Hunt, Why do good ideas come to us when they do?  Here’s a passage from the article that spoke to me:  “One of the surprising lessons of this research is that trying to force an insight can actually prevent the insight.  While it’s commonly assumed that the best way to solve a difficult problem is to focus, minimize distractions, and pay attention only to the relevant details, this clenched state of mind may inhibit the sort of creative connections that lead to sudden breakthroughs.”  

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