Topics: Idea, Vagus nerve, Jardin des Plantes Pages: 3 (976 words) Published: May 2, 2013
Mehak Chopra
Writing 1
Professor Lemon
We all have great ways to learn and create new ideas. Some like to go for a walk and think about things and others like to be at their comfort of their homes. Once we have an idea, we like to draw our ideas and go to the next step. But never do we think about how did we get the idea what brought us to our solution? Steven Johnson has wrote a book Where Good Ideas Come From and has written about different patterns that brings us to new ideas, and how Serendipity, liquid networking, and adjacent possible has a big significance with our new thoughts and the movie exit through the gift shop plays an significant role with these patterns.

In the book Where Good Ideas Come From Steven Johnson explains a pattern called serendipity, which simply means ideas sometimes arise from happy accidents and hunches connect in an unexpected way and how this coincidence taken people far. In approach to this pattern Johnson uses ethos and states, “German scientist otto lowei isolated two still beating frog heard in separate vessels containing a saline solution. In one heart, he attached an electrode to the vagus nerve, which in an intact body starts in the brain stem and extends throughout the body. Because the vagus nerve with an electric charge slowed the heartbeat down. Loewi then extracted some of the solution that surrounded the heart and poured it over the second heart. Instantly the second heart began to beat more slowly. Loewi’s experiments, as influential as it was, are now remembered as much for the curious way of Loewi conceived of it. The idea for the experiment came to Loewi in a dream.” Loewis experiment was not planned but yet it was all a coincidence. Another great example was from the movie exit through the gift shop Mr. Brainwash has a moment of serendipity by chance when he video records his cousin making Art Street and doesn’t realize what he can do with it. Although, we might not always have serendipity in...
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