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Random bits of my life

Video: Where Good Ideas Come From

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 27, 2010

This is a video promo for Steven Johnson’s book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation. I enjoyed it. He makes some good points about connecting with other people and ideas. At Harvard we were constantly encouraged to interact with students and teachers at wine and cheese parties, deans’ teas, in library conversation rooms, and so on. Then I came to Israel in the 1990s. What a difference! At Hebrew U, no one seemed to talk to each other. Some scholars in the National Library reading rooms were rumoured to hide their notes when they went out for coffee so that no one could steal their ideas. I wonder whether the academic culture has changed since then.

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