While the study of psychology has offered little in the way of explaining the creative process, Koestler examines the idea that we are at our most creative when rational thought is suspended--for example, in dreams and trancelike states. All who read The Act of Creation will find it a compelling and illuminating book.
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This book is like an Owner's Manual for any thinking and creative human being. I've been reading it, pondering it, discussing it with my friends and colleagues. Koestler is a classic thinker who coined the word, biosiation. Once I groked the enormity of biosiation in the creative process, it seemed to activate a deeper quality of creativity in my own work. I'm keeping this book as a go-to read when ever i'm in a creative cup-du-sac. A must read, a must resource, a must way of thinking for stimulating creative writing, art, invention, thinking, speaking . . . having been written in the 1960's, it seems archaically written and referenced, and that seems to be a great asset to think in this new way about the timeless classics.
A classic work. Best definition of humor, pathos and the "Aha" experience of discovery and shows how they are related. Tremendous analysis of the human condition, why we are fd not quite there yet and the how we are a work in progress and the challenges associated with our development. A great example of how books should be written, with extensive notes and references for all who would like to check out the sources. Like all of Koestler's works, this is a great thought provoking book and for me, his greatest (nonfiction) work..
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