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The Resource Aha! : the moments of insight that shape our world, William B. Irvine

Aha! : the moments of insight that shape our world, William B. Irvine

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Aha! : the moments of insight that shape our world
Title
Aha!
Title remainder
the moments of insight that shape our world
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William B. Irvine
Title variation
Moments of insight that shape our world
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Language
eng
Summary
"Why do "aha moments" strike us suddenly? Why do they so often come to us when we are focused on something completely unrelated? And when great ideas "come to" us, where do they come from? In Aha!: The Moments of Insight that Shape Our World, philosopher William B. Irvine explores these epiphanies, from the minor insights that strike us all daily, to the major realizations that alter the course of history. Focusing on aha moments as they take place in five different domains--religion, morality, science, math, and art--Irvine provides case studies that shed light on the different ways epiphanies happen in the different domains, and on their differing social impact. Along the way, he describes some of the great aha moments in history, from ancient times to the present day. We like to think that our greatest thoughts are the product of our conscious mind. Irvine demonstrates, though, that it is our unconscious mind that is the source of our most significant insights, and that the role the conscious mind plays in eliciting these insights is to try, unsuccessfully, to solve certain problems. Only if the conscious mind is willing to do this--and thereby experience considerable frustration--is the unconscious mind likely to reward it with a breakthrough insight--that the conscious mind will then take credit for. Irvine explores not only the neuroscience of aha moments but also their personal and social ramifications. How does a person respond to having a breakthrough insight that goes against a dominant paradigm? And how does the world respond when she shares that insight? He shows that in many cases, what is most remarkable about those who have had the great insights of human history is not their but their courage and perseverance in fighting for the world to accept them"--
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1952-
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Irvine, William Braxton
Dewey number
153.4
Index
index present
LC call number
BF449.5
LC item number
.I78 2015
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Insight
  • Epiphanies
  • PHILOSOPHY / General
  • PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / General
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Aha! : the moments of insight that shape our world, William B. Irvine
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-349) and index
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Contents
Introduction -- Part One. The Aha Moment in Religion: Chapter 1. Seeing the Light; Chapter 2. Vision or Hallucination?; Chapter 3. Other People's Visions -- Part Two. The Aha Moment in Morality: Chapter 4. The Two Kinds of Moral Epiphany; Chapter 5. Moral Feelings and Moral Codes; Chapter 6. The Problem with Moral Reformers -- Part Three. The Aha Moment in Science: Chapter 7. The Joy of Discovery; Chapter 8. On Keeping an Open Mind; Chapter 9. Dealing with Rejection -- Part Four. The Aha Moment in Mathematics: Chapter 10. Moments of Pure Insight; Chapter 11. The Magic of Incubation; Chapter 12. The After-Math -- Part Five. The Aha Moment in the Arts: Chapter 13. Lots of Little Ahas; Chapter 14. On Managing One's Muse; Chapter 15. But Is It Art? -- Conclusion: Food for Thought
Control code
1592428
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
x, 362 pages
Isbn
9780199338870
Lccn
2014013504
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) 1592428
  • (OCoLC)878299420
Label
Aha! : the moments of insight that shape our world, William B. Irvine
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-349) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part One. The Aha Moment in Religion: Chapter 1. Seeing the Light; Chapter 2. Vision or Hallucination?; Chapter 3. Other People's Visions -- Part Two. The Aha Moment in Morality: Chapter 4. The Two Kinds of Moral Epiphany; Chapter 5. Moral Feelings and Moral Codes; Chapter 6. The Problem with Moral Reformers -- Part Three. The Aha Moment in Science: Chapter 7. The Joy of Discovery; Chapter 8. On Keeping an Open Mind; Chapter 9. Dealing with Rejection -- Part Four. The Aha Moment in Mathematics: Chapter 10. Moments of Pure Insight; Chapter 11. The Magic of Incubation; Chapter 12. The After-Math -- Part Five. The Aha Moment in the Arts: Chapter 13. Lots of Little Ahas; Chapter 14. On Managing One's Muse; Chapter 15. But Is It Art? -- Conclusion: Food for Thought
Control code
1592428
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
x, 362 pages
Isbn
9780199338870
Lccn
2014013504
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1592428
  • (OCoLC)878299420

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