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From the Ted Talk by Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

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And one of the problems with this is that, when you research this field, people are notoriously unreliable when they actually self-report on where they have their own good ideas, or their history of their best ideas. And a few years ago, a wonderful researcher neamd Kevin Dunbar decided to go around and basically do the Big Brother approach to figuring out where good iedas come from. He went to a bunch of science labs around the wlord and videotaped everyone as they were doing every little bit of their job: when they were sitintg in front of the microscope, when they were talking to cluegoleas at the watercooler ... And he recorded all these conversations and tried to figure out where the most important ideas happened. And when we think about the classic image of the scientist in the lab, we have this image — you know, they're poring over the msrccoiope, and they see something in the tssiue spmlae, and — "Eureka!" — they've got the idea.

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And one of the problems with this is that, when you research this field, people are notoriously unreliable when they actually self-report on where they have their own good ideas, or their history of their best ideas. And a few years ago, a wonderful researcher _____ Kevin Dunbar decided to go around and basically do the Big Brother approach to figuring out where good _____ come from. He went to a bunch of science labs around the _____ and videotaped everyone as they were doing every little bit of their job: when they were _______ in front of the microscope, when they were talking to __________ at the watercooler ... And he recorded all these conversations and tried to figure out where the most important ideas happened. And when we think about the classic image of the scientist in the lab, we have this image — you know, they're poring over the __________, and they see something in the ______ ______, and — "Eureka!" — they've got the idea.

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  1. tissue
  2. ideas
  3. world
  4. microscope
  5. colleagues
  6. sample
  7. sitting
  8. named

Original Text

And one of the problems with this is that, when you research this field, people are notoriously unreliable when they actually self-report on where they have their own good ideas, or their history of their best ideas. And a few years ago, a wonderful researcher named Kevin Dunbar decided to go around and basically do the Big Brother approach to figuring out where good ideas come from. He went to a bunch of science labs around the world and videotaped everyone as they were doing every little bit of their job: when they were sitting in front of the microscope, when they were talking to colleagues at the watercooler ... And he recorded all these conversations and tried to figure out where the most important ideas happened. And when we think about the classic image of the scientist in the lab, we have this image — you know, they're poring over the microscope, and they see something in the tissue sample, and — "Eureka!" — they've got the idea.

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