In defense of the “eureka!” moment

In the commencement address he delivered at Harvard last month, Mark Zuckerberg warned the graduating students not to trust the story of innovation that Hollywood promotes — namely, “the idea of a single eureka moment” in which a lone thinker has a groundbreaking epiphany. He characterized this idea as “a dangerous lie” that discourages real creativity. But, The New York Times asks, what if it’s actually a real and benevolent force of innovation and progress?

While creative insight and analytical thinking are distinct modes of thought, they complement each other pretty nicely.

“Instagrim”: Why social media makes students miserable

In our classrooms, we urge our students to express a range of opinions, to disagree, to become critical thinkers. Online is a different matter. On their Facebook and Instagram feeds, they are learning to conform and be uniformly agreeable, because opinion and difference can come with a high price.

“People have pressure now, more than ever, to project an image that everything’s peachy and wonderful in their life,” said one student.