13 June 2012

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

This lecture could also be called, “How coffee drinking changed the world.” Johnson starts by talking about how the introduction of coffee drinking revolutionized the world of thought. This is mostly because before there was coffee people generally drank alcohol of different sorts because the water was bad.

From coffee he wanders to idea cultivation centers, usually as informal and rowdy as the coffee house was, in which ideas are allowed to form, gather and be exchanged (especially with people with people from other disciplines). He concludes that we should think of innovation coming more from more a ruddy chaos as opposed to clean sterile serenity.

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from (TED)
Where Do Good Ideas Come From? (RSA)
Where Good Ideas Come from, Steven Johnson (RSA Animate)

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