A review of the book Imagine.
The nonfiction work Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer is an amazing read. It will test your mind with brilliant brain teasers and, at some points, make you question your sanity. It certainly gives you a run for your money. For instance, in the chapter “Bob Dylan’s Brain”, the first brain teaser is about a steel pyramid, a $100 bill below it. Here it is: A giant inverted steel pyramid is perfectly balanced on its point. Any movement of the pyramid will cause it to topple over. Underneath the pyramid is a $100 bill. How do you you remove the the bill without disturbing the pyramid? Now remember, the pyramid is steel. For about two paragraphs, Lehrer goes on about the true simplicity of the resolution, and then reveals it to the reader. Most people think of removing the bill whole, but no where in the riddle did it say the bill was to be removed unscathed. The answer was to set the bill on fire. It all makes sense now. It wasn’t difficult at all. This truely is a must read for all philosophers and scientists alike, geeks and bookworms, and all interested. I highly recommend this.