In The Charisma Myth, Olivia Fox Cabane offered a groundbreaking approach to becoming more charismatic. Now she teams up with Judah Pollack to reveal how anyone can train their mind to induce breakthrough insights.
The idea for Siri came to designer Adam Cheyer as he woke up from a nap. Isaac Newton was sitting under a tree when his eureka moment hit; Archimedes was getting into a bath. Similar accidental breakthroughs have recurred throughout history, from Louis Pasteur to Mahatma Gandi to the development of penicillin and the pacemaker.
But there’s a hidden pattern to all these seemingly random breakthrough ideas. Thanks to recent neuroscience discoveries, we can now explain them—and also induce them through a series of specific practices. This book is a highly practical guide to the skills that will turn our brains into idea machines.
Cabane and Pollack identify a step-by-step process for accessing the part of the brain that produces breakthroughs (the Default Mode Network or DMN) and systematically removing internal blocks. Their tactics range from simple to zany, such as:
Imagine an alternate universe where gravity doesn’t exist, and the social and legal rules that govern it.
Map Disney’s Pocahontas story onto James Cameron’s Avatar.
Rid yourself of imposter syndrome through mental exercises.
Literally change your perspective by climbing a tree.
Stimulate your DMN by watching a foreign film without subtitles.
By trying the exercises in this book, readers will emerge with a powerful new capacity for breakthrough thinking.From the Hardcover edition. Download and start listening now!