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Barbara Montero

The Myth of Sudden Insight

2017-18 CUSP Distinguished Speaker Series

Thursday, January 25, 2018
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Davis Auditorium

Leaps of insight, wherein an idea or answer to a problem appears to come in a flash, are often prized more than the plodding effort which is part and parcel of bringing such ideas to fruition. Should they be? That we sometimes have “aha!” experiences is undeniable. However, in this talk Prof. Montero will question both the degree to which such epiphanies should be seen as leaps of reasoning and also the importance of them compared to slow, sometime arduous, conscious thinking. 



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