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Where good ideas come from Steven Johnson,
This review is from: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (Hardcover)As reviewed in the Economist (November 2010?) the author suggests how new ideas emerge more easily from accidents or errors in research or in thinking processes, much as mutations occur in evolution, than they do from academic or monolithic thought processes where the proponents-such as in Religions or Politics where rigid beliefs and convictions fiercely guard their dogmas from the slightest possibility of 'error'. A fascinating theory well researched and carefully crafted. My only complaint however was that the author occasionally used terms that I personally was unfamiliar with without defining his intention, almost as if he were writing for experts in his own discipline, rather than for the general public. (Mea Culpa?)
One minor complaint- my (hardbound) copy had type format so small and printed in grey rather than in black made for eye straining effort in reading.
Vincent Butler RSA Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation