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 suggests 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 humor 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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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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Book Description Hutchinson, UK, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Uniform Danube Edition. Size: 8vo Octavo (8 to 9 inches). Binding tight. Price-clipped. Minor marks/wear to boards, jacket, page edges. ISBN: 0091282705. ISBN/EAN: 9780091282707. Bookseller Inventory # 27491
Book Description Hutchinson & Co. London, 1976. Hardcover. 8vo, 2nd Danube Edition. Book Condition: Near Very Good. Dust Jacket: Good. Moderate edgewear. Not clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 011108
Book Description Hutchinson, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Revised Edition. ~~Comes with original TLS book review of Cesarani's Koestler biography loose inside front cover~~VG/VG- 1976 Hutchinson 2nd Danube Edition reissue hardback, price-clipped DJ with tear and minor crease to inside front corner flap of jacket, a little toning to pages else VG and unmarked. More by this author available Sent Airmail at no extra cost; Worldwide Shipping IMMEDIATE 1ST CLASS/AIRMAIL DISPATCH Quantity Available: 1. Category: Philosophy; ISBN: 0091282705. ISBN/EAN: 9780091282707. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 062127. Bookseller Inventory # 062127
Book Description Hutchinson of London, London, 1976. Danube Edition. 8vo., 751pp.; VG; spine black with silver lettering; text block clean, smudge of dirt on lower fore corner; minor bumping; INSCRIBED by Koestler on ffep; GP consignment; shelved psychology. Dupont. Bookseller Inventory # 9-31-1265257