Problem Solving & Rest: Another Look at the Eureka Phenomenon


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Creativity10“It is my belief, you see, that thinking is a double phenomenon like breathing.” – Asimov

If you have ever watched the now classic television series House, you’ll find that every medical mystery is solved at the most unusual moments. Without fail, House’s uncanny ability to problem solve, kicks in while he sits in the hospital cafeteria, mid-sentence while talking to a team member or any other situation where he doesn’t outwardly appear to be focusing on the problem on deck. It’s always curious and entertaining to watch — but we shouldn’t be all that surprised as to why this happens. Our brains function in curious ways.

Your Brain Revealed
In the classic essay The Eureka Phenomena  (1971), Issac Asimov explores why these moments of inspiration occur when we least expect them. Asimov’s theory is quite simple, posing the notion that thought includes both voluntary and involuntary…

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