Eureka

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’” ~ Isaac Asimov (quoted p.142 in Brown)

Following this quote, Brown goes on to say: “The state that most promotes those serendipitous moments and makes us open to anomalies is one of play. We are most likely to say ‘That’s funny…’ if in fact we are open to appreciating something funny or unexpected. Otherwise we see only a very unfunny failed experiment.” (p.142)

Ref: (emphases in blue bold mine) Stuart Brown (2009) Play: How it shapes the brain, opens the imagination, and invigorates the soul. Avery: New York

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About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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