12. On Creativity and Innovation

Progress is not possible without deviation. It is important that people be aware of some of the creative ways in which some of their fellow men are deviating from the norm. In some instances, they might find these deviations inspiring and might suggest further deviations which might cause progress.

—Frank Zappa, http://tinyurl.com/ot37azm

Everything is “edgy” today; everyone’s creative or an innovator or an innovative creator who thinks outside the box.

—William Deresiewicz, “Excellent Sheep”

In December 2014, I visited my University of Miami colleague Dr. Vance Lemmon, a distinguished professor in developmental neuroscience. Vance works at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis,1 one of the most important centers ...

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