Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

The world is awash with ideas. And that’s not surprising, according to cognitive linguist Prof Steven Pinker. Our universal human abilities to think in metaphor, and to combine thoughts in new and innovative ways, result in a ceaseless geyser of novel ideas and new ways of expressing them, he says in The Stuff of Thought.…

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Are Second-Hand Metaphors Restricting Your Life?

Are you living your life according to your own metaphors? Or is your system being restricted by ill-fitting second-hand ideas, images and connections? As I’ve mentioned frequently in this blog, the metaphors you use in your thinking (including your subconscious processing) have a profound impact on your behaviour. It’s inevitable, because metaphor is the language…

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Is passive income damaging your health?

Could the myth of “passive income” be damaging your health – or at least your psychological well-being – as Daniel Priestley, author of Become a Key Person of Influence,  proposed in a talk recently? He argued that the notion of “passive income” was founded on the idea of making money by doing something one didn’t…

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Compare and contrast

“People think in metaphor.” That’s a routine idea in cognitive science nowadays, and it’s pretty central to what I do. It’s so important that I’m constantly playing with new ways of making the same point. One that’s been working well recently is to say, “People think by comparing and contrasting things. “Whenever we encounter something new,…

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Three questions about storytelling

“Everyone has a good story to tell. It’s up to you to help them to tell it.” In the distant mists of the early Eighties, that was what I was taught as a teenage journalism trainee.  But it’s also at the centre of what I do as an “Elephant Whisperer”. The same idea powers crowdsourcing,…

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