“Knowledge can be a subtle curse. When we learn about the world, we also learn all the reasons the world cannot be changed. We get used to our imperfections. We become numb to the possibilities of something new. In fact, the only way to remain creative over time – to not be undone by our expertise – is to experiment with ignorance, to stare at things that we don’t fully understand”.- Jonah Lehrer
A friend of mine must have seen Jonah Lehrer speak at a conference. He was inspired by the talk to post about the topic. I went to youtube to learn more and found myself watching a few of Lehrer’s talks.
Lehrer is fascinating. I left many of his speeches recognizing the power of vacations, holidays, weekends, and “happy hour”. The ability to divorce yourself from everyday moments gives your mind the time to problem solve.
Let’s learn about his book.
Here is a story about Bob Dylan, how touring drained him of his creative energy, and how he rediscovered it.