to Think Like Einstein
A. Ernest Mance
significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level
of thinking we were at when we created them.” -Albert Einstein
know how Einstein’s brain worked is to understand and capture
the essence of innovation itself. It is with this understanding
of human genius that Scott Thorpe has composed How to Think Like
Einstein, an important guide to breaking the rules and solving
real-life problems. Thorpe’s work is presented as a constructive
collection of actual Einstein techniques—tricks and tools—developed
to unmask our highest levels of inner creativity. The book is
unfortunately laced in a glib, self-help, ‘Get Smart for Dummies’
Notwithstanding marketing techniques, the author’s “rule-breaking”
strategies for personal success are extremely credible, written
with the confidence of a practicing scientist and open-minded
Eastern philosopher. Each technique that Thorpe explores reinforces
a philosophical and/or artistic faith in the mental energy of
every human individual alive and thinking. Thorpe’s vast study
of scientific theory aids his work in revealing certain truths
about our inherent mental capabilities—capabilities that are too
often squandered by “conforming to our common sense.” Thorpe’s
answer is to simply behave in direct opposition to the various
rules and regulations that govern our daily lives.
Einstein’s ‘techniques,’ as illustrated by Thorpe, can help some
curious readers use their imagination to break out of “rule-ruts”
by finding new and innovative solutions. One of Thorpe’s suggestions
is that artists use every possible medium—crayon, paint, pencil,
etc.—to express artistic ideas. These techniques call upon the
use of the full imagination and natural instincts to bring about
change and innovative success in this “logical” world we all work,
live and die in and explore from day to day.
to Think Like Einstein is an open invitation to students and teachers
alike. The expressive style that Thorpe uses in writing this book
extends to the creative tendencies and curiosity of people of
every age, regardless of education level.
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