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Seeing What Others Don’t by Gary Klein

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CHAPTER TWO

The Flash of Illumination

ALMOST A CENTURY AGO, GRAHAM WALLAS, a cofounder of the London School of Economics, published the first modern account of insight. His 1926 book, The Art of Thought, contains a model that is still the most common explanation of how insight works. If you do any exploration into the field of insight, you can’t go far without bumping into Wallas, who is the epitome of a British freethinking intellectual.

In contrast to my struggles to make sense of the incidents in my collection, Wallas succeeded in finding clear themes in the collection of insight stories he compiled. Perhaps I could learn from his example. His insight model might even answer questions about how the up arrow works and how to boost insights. ...

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