“Cognitive Ecstasy” Drives Technology’s Progress

In his book, Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson argues that great ideas aren’t usually about instantaneous inspiration, though we often remember them that way. In fact, they rarely happen fast, but are instead a culmination of what he calls the “slow hunch.” An idea that takes months, years, or even decades to fully form as our brains toss together diverse ingredients of experience and learning.

For many thinkers and inventors, I’d bet hits of pleasure from small doses of daily discovery and the prospect of a large dose later, among other things, drives them through years of intellectual labor, uncertainty, and failure in between epiphanies.

via Our Growing Addiction to “Cognitive Ecstasy” Drives Technology’s Progress…And That’s Okay | Singularity Hub.