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TOTD 20 Jun 2001

What chiefly characterizes creative thinking from more mundane forms are (i) willingness to accept vaguely defined problem statements and gradually structure them, (ii) continuing preoccupation with problems over a considerable period of time, and (iii) extensive background knowledge in relevant and potentially relevant areas.

-Herbert Simon

Inspiration tends to visit people who renew contact with the major challenges of some ongoing project every day and who set no time limit on their involvement. Such people can accept the failure of a day's effort or a week's enterprise, confident at once that the past has brought better results and that the future will offer new opportunities.

-Robert Grudin

I took the Herbert Simon quote from Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Edward O. Wilson, and the Robert Grudin comes from his book, The Grace of Great Things: Creativity and Innovation.

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cocomama
Jun. 20th, 2001 11:08 am (UTC)
Thank you, I liked those two!
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