week 4

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The Eureka Hunt by Jonah Lehrer

“The Eureka Hunt” by Jonah Lehrer discusses the process of how and where your brain has insights that can help you survive or solve a word puzzle. The article goes into detail about how this ‘Aha!’ moment takes place in the right hemisphere of the brain and the anterior superior temporal gyrus (aSTG) is active … Continue reading

Hunting Eureka

The split-second realization is a feeling commonly known amongst students, philosophers, veterans, and neurologists. In “Eureka Hunt”, Jonah Lehrer focuses on a study by Jung-Beeman and Kounios that combined the slow-but-accurate fMRI with the fast-but-inaccurate EEC to map out how people develop the epiphany. The two machines revealed the important part the right hemisphere of … Continue reading

Response to “The Eureka Hunt” by Jonah Lehrer

Scientists and Neuroscientists alike have been searching for a scientific explanation of insight, also known as the “Aha” moment for decades. The article “The Eureka Hut,” written by science journalist Jonah Lehrer, explores specific examples in history of insight occurring and various studies trying to derive its place of origin in the brain. Lehrer begins … Continue reading

Eureka Hunt Response

In the article “Eureka Hunt” by Jonah Lehrer, the author explains insight, one of the most elusive mental phenomena. The article describes how insight occurs on multiple levels. Lehrer gives the reader an idea of which parts of the brain play a significant role in the experience of insight. He also shows the audience how … Continue reading

“The Eureka Hunt” Response

The article starts out by recounting the tale of a man named Wag Dodge. Dodge was caught in the middle of a raging conflagration at a place called Mann Gulch, located in Montana. Dodge was able to make it to safety using intuition, or as the article calls it, an insight. The article describes an … Continue reading

The Eureka Hunt, Response

The Eureka Hunt, by Jonah Lehrer is an article published in The New Yorker that explores the connection between insight and the brain. The article begins with the story of a 1949 Montana wildfire in which Wag Dodge, a firefighter, executed a critical ‘in the moment’ lifesaving decision, narrowly escaping certain death. This decision, to … Continue reading

“Eureka Hunt” Response

Jonah Lehrer’s The Eureka Hunt is a quest to find out how people generate epiphanies to solve problems. In this article, Lehrer explains how these epiphanies, also referred to as insight, are different from the normal thought process. Using a logical though process to solve a puzzle, people can easily trace back how they derived an answer by … Continue reading

“The Eureka Hunt”

In Jonah Lehrer’s article “The Eureka Hunt”, he discusses the idea of insight and why it happens. Lehrer begins with a story about a person who survived a fire from a moment of insight to start his own fire. Lehrer introduces Mark Jung-Beeman, who is a cognitive neuroscientist, who is trying to figure out where … Continue reading

Response to “The Eureka Hunt”

In the article “The Eureka Hunt”, Jonah Lehrer explores the concept of insight, sometimes known as divine intervention or epiphany. Lehrer explains how we go into instantaneous “eureka” moments through study of the brain. He begins his article with a short story about a smoke jumper named Wag Dodge. Dodge almost died as he was … Continue reading

“The Eureka Hunt” Response

People experience intuitive experiences through two internal mental processes: Analysis and insight. Through “Eureka Hunt ‘Why do good ideas come to us when they do’?” Jonah Lehrer, a neuroscience journalist, explains how our minds provide moments of instantaneous insight. The author begins the article with a recollection of Wag Dodge, a man who escaped death … Continue reading