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Seeing What Others Don’t by Gary Klein

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CHAPTER THREE

Connections

MARTIN CHALFIE IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE of the experience most people have of “connecting the dots” and solving a problem by being exposed to more ideas. Like Chalfie, we get a new piece of information that combines with other information we already have, and, presto, we make a discovery. Let’s see how it happens by looking at the routes taken by the admirals who noticed that Pearl Harbor was vulnerable to attack, a prominent child psychologist who made important discoveries about the empathy of babies, and Charles Darwin, who formulated a theory of evolution.

THE BATTLE OF TARANTO

Few people have heard about the Battle of Taranto, which took place November 11–12, 1940, even though it forever changed the way military leaders ...

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