Notebooks of the Mind: Explorations of Thinking [NOOK Book]

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In this revised edition of Notebooks of The Mind, Vera John-Steiner combines imaginative insight with scientific precision to produce a startling account of the human mind working at its highest potential. To approach her subject, John-Steiner goes directly to the source, assembling the thoughts of "experienced thinkers" - artists, philosophers, writers, and scientists able to reflect on their own imaginative patterns. More than fifty interviews (with figures ranging from Jessica Mitford to Aaron Copland), along ...
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Notebooks of the Mind: Explorations of Thinking

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Overview

In this revised edition of Notebooks of The Mind, Vera John-Steiner combines imaginative insight with scientific precision to produce a startling account of the human mind working at its highest potential. To approach her subject, John-Steiner goes directly to the source, assembling the thoughts of "experienced thinkers" - artists, philosophers, writers, and scientists able to reflect on their own imaginative patterns. More than fifty interviews (with figures ranging from Jessica Mitford to Aaron Copland), along with excerpts from the diaries, letters, and autobiographies of such gifted giants as Leo Tolstoy, Marie Curie, and Diego Rivera, among others, provide illuminating insights into creative activity. What emerges is an intriguing demonstration of how specific sociocultural circumstances interact with certain personality traits to encourage the creative mind. Now, with a new introduction, this award-winning book provides an uniquely broad-based study of the origins, development and fruits of human inspiration.
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"Offers provocative insights about creative thinking and emphasizes how important it is to encourage and support children in their creative endeavors."—Psychology Today

"A good book might be measured by the degree to which a reader is inclined to converse with it or with its author through the writing. It should provoke ideas, instigate argument, trigger a run of fantasy or memory of one's own....This, indeed, is such a book."—Bruce Woodford, Santa Fe Reporter

"A wealth of testimony...wonderfully illuminated by Vera John-Steiner's analytic skill."—Vivian Gornick, author of Women in Science

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198026877
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/23/1997
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,174,724
  • File size: 491 KB

Meet the Author

Vera John-Steiner is Presidential Professor of Psycholinguists and Director of the Santa Fe Graduate Center at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

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