Ask Jonah Anything

Mar 20 2012 @ 12:58pm

Ask Jonah Lehrer Anything

[Re-posted from yesterday]

As regular readers of the Dish know, one of our favorite bloggers, Jonah Lehrer, just came out with his third book, Imagine: How Creativity Works. Adapted excerpts can be read at The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal. A portion highlighted by Jonah:

For most of human history, we’ve pretended that the imagination is inherently inscrutable, an impenetrable biological gift. As a result, we’ve clung to a series of false myths about what creativity is and where it comes from. These myths aren’t just misleading – they also interfere with the imagination. In addition to looking at elegant experiments and scientific studies, we’ll also examine creativity as it is experienced in the real world. We’ll learn about Bob Dylan’s writing method and the drug habits of poets. We’ll spend time with a bartender who thinks like a chemist and an autistic surfer who invented a new surfing move. We’ll look at a website that helps us solve seemingly impossible problems and we’ll go behind the scenes at Pixar. We’ll watch Yo Yo Ma improvise and we’ll unpack the secrets of consistently innovative companies.

Here's your chance to ask him about the book, the science behind creativity, or anything else related to his writing in the past. The format is exactly that of the "Ask Andrew Anything" series, but with other people in public life or just interesting figures we thought you might be interested in interviewing. We have primed the Urtak poll with some questions but feel free to add any of your own.  Answer "Yes" if you are interested in seeing Jonah answer the question or "No" if you don't particularly care. We'll air the answers in daily segments soon.

Think of this as a crowd-sourced interview. More to come.