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Creativity: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ***19 May 2016 - The first half is a very interesting discussion of the nature of creativity, but the second half based on interviews with creative people does not add much.
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On Creativity: David Bohm *** 18 May 2016 - An exploration of creativity from the most philosophical of physicists. Quite good on the basics and science vs art, but then becomes fairly impenetrable.
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The Power Paradox: Dacher Keltner *** 17 May 2016 Keltner makes some interesting points, though his central claim that power is now about nice to people seems a little unconvincing, but in the end this is a padded article, not a book.

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