Fly in the Face of Reason, Authority, and Common Sense


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What are the influential books from your childhood? Those books that paved the way to a lifelong love of reading and for me, eventually to fall in love with writing itself. What a treat for me to find a hidden article written by one of my favorite authors. A piece of writing that reminds me of my early days as a reader and provides insight for my professional life today.

The article is titled, “How Do People Get New Ideas?” The author is Isaac Asimov, one of the giants of science fiction writing. I remember reading The Foundation Series for extra credit in high school physics needing to read only the first volume and not stopping until I read the full set of books. His series of I, Robot books also sparked my imagination so many years ago.

In 1959 Isaac Asimov briefly joined a think tank in Boston, working…

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