Suddenly, Everything Is Different
There is a Japanese proverb that states, “The nail that sticks up gets hammered down.” Throughout history, there have been radical new ideas that are so new, and so different, that the world revolts against them. But then, eventually, something clicks and everybody gets it. It’s as if the idea is so far ahead of the status quo that it takes time for society to catch up. What is the creative process behind so-called “game changers”? And what does it say about the perseverance of those who uphold such radical ideas in the face of rejection? Composer Philip Glass, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, and neuropsychologist Rex Jung discuss the making of a paradigm shift.
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This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.
Recorded June 2011; Posted July 2011