Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

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Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov

Salon Summary:

Never-before-published Isaac Asimov essay reveals the secret to true creativity


To cultivate group creativity he believes the perfect human petri-dish is one of ease and relaxation:

“But how to persuade creative people to do so? First and foremost, there must be ease, relaxation, and a general sense of permissiveness. The world in general disapproves of creativity, and to be creative in public is particularly bad. Even to speculate in public is rather worrisome. The individuals must, therefore, have the feeling that the others won’t object.”

Full Article:

Isaac Asimov Mulls “How Do People Get New Ideas?”


Probably more inhibiting than anything else is a feeling of responsibility. The great ideas of the ages have come from people who weren’t paid to have great ideas, but were paid to be teachers or patent clerks or petty officials, or were not paid at all. The great ideas came as side issues.

Tip of the Hat to Contributing Edtitor Berto Jongman

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