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Isaac Asimov's On Creativity

Updated on October 23, 2014

My Connection

Once upon a time, probably in the late seventies, my wife and I sat at a banquet table with Isaac Asimov and Jean Auel (it was before Jean was famous). It was a Portland, Oregon Mensa meeting.

Isaac was the guest of honor but was relatively quiet and unassuming compared to some of the others at the table who tried to be impressively intelligent. It put us off Mensa.

Since then I have been a fan of his thought and his writing even though I have mainly read his science fiction only.

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2014 Discovery

Arthur Obermayer, a friend of Isaac, who worked with him on a secret defense project in 1959, recently discovered an essay that Asimov wrote entitled "On Creativity". It had never been published before now. Find it here in the MIT Technology Review.

While addressed to a particular group with a specific mission I think it contains valuable information and great advice for anyone interested in creativity. It would be particularly useful in making business meetings more productive.


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      mactavers 2 years ago

      I don't know much about Isaac, and I think your Hub should be expanded to contain more information about him.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Yes, and I enjoyed reading your work here about Asimov!

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      PattB LM 8 years ago

      Thanks for this lens! I love Isaac after reading his autobiographies, and many of his stories and books. While I love his fiction, I learned a ton from his nonfiction-and not just the science books. He wrote on many topics in easy to read language, and it's unfortunate that they can't all still be in print. 5 stars and a fave-can't wait to watch the videos...