Jonah Lehrer: The Creative Brain

“Jonah Lehrer’s new book confirms what his fans have known all along – that he knows more about science than a lot of scientists and a lot more about writing than a lot of writers” – Malcolm Gladwell

It is quite an experience to hear an author talk about his work.  Even more so when it’s Jonah Lehrer and his new book Imagine.  Lehrer kicked off his book tour last night at Barnes & Noble at Union Square in Manhattan, N.Y.  He was interviewed by NPR Science Correspondant, Robert Krulwich, who co-hosts WNYC’s Radiolab, a show that Lehrer contributes to regularly.  Imagine is a book about creativity.  It’s about the brain of Bob Dylan, a surfer with autism who climbs waves instead of riding them, and how the color of a room can affect your problem-solving abilities.

Lehrer is a renowned journalist and writer whose work has appeared in such publications as The New York TimesWired, The New Yorker, and Nature.  He has also authored two books, Proust Was a Neuroscientist and How We Decide.  Lehrer writes about science – neuroscience, the science of the brain.  Fear not, though, for his work is far from drab, science talk.  He writes in a way that only a 20th Century Literature scholar from the University of Oxford can: beautifully.  Yes, an English major with a background in neuroscience.  Is there a better way to learn about the superior anterior temporal gyrus?  Don’t worry, Lehrer will explain.

For more information:

Imagine by Jonah Lehrer

Barnes & Noble Recommends Inaugural Selection for 2012: Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine: How Creativity Works (NY Times)

‘How Creativity Works': It’s All In Your Imagination (NPR)

Jonah Lehrer and the New Science of Creativity (Scientific American)

Imagine Tour Dates

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