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Inside this Book – I would strongly NOT recommend this book for the general public. I have a copy that states on the back flap that this was in 1967 assigned reading to incoming students at Radcliffe College; I cannot think of many graduate students that would have gotten much more from this that boredom and frustration. It would be of interest to people with significant background in the social science, and possibly natural sciences. It would also be of interest to people who study the history of ideas. The book is the second book in the unofficial trilogy of Koestler’s works, beginning with The Sleepwalkers and ending withGhost in the Machine.Act of Creationis itself divided in two: “Book I: The Art of Discovery and the Discoveries of Art”; and “Book II: Habit and Originality”. The each book explains the same material, with the first taking a broader scope, and the second working “from the ground up” to explain the same ideas in much more technical language.
Inside this book –The Act of Creation PDF Book by Arthur Koestler – The Act of Creation begins where this view ceases to be true. Koestler affirms that all creatures have the capacity for creative activity, frequently suppressed by the automatic routines of thought and behavior that dominate their lives. The study of psychology has offered little in the way of an explanation of the creative process, and Koestler suggest that we are at our most creative when rational thought is suspended – for example in dreams and trance-like states. Then the mind is capable of receiving inspiration and insight. Taking humour as his starting point, Koestler examines what he terms ‘bisociative’ thinking – the creative leap made by the mind that gives rise to new and startling perceptions and glimpses of reality. From here he assesses the workings of the mind of the scientific or artistic genius. The general reader as well as the reader with a deeper knowledge of the topics covered will find this richly documented study of creativity both illuminating and compelling.
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- Full Book Name – The Act of Creation
- Author of this Book – Arthur Koestler
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Non Fiction, Psychology, History, Science, Philosophy
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- eBook Pages –752
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