TED talks are lying to you The writer had a problem. Books he read and people he knew had been warning him that the nation and maybe mankind itself had wandered into a sort of creativity doldrums. Economic growth was slackening. The Internet revolution was less awesome than we had anticipated, and the forward march of innovation, once a cultural constant, had slowed to a crawl. And yet the troubled writer also knew that there had been, over these same years, fantastic growth in our creativity promoting sector. The literature on the subject was vast. It was to one of these last that our puzzled correspondent now decided to turn. Anecdote after heroic anecdote unfolded, many of them beginning with some variation on Lehrer’s very first phrase: “Procter and Gamble had a problem.” And that’s when it hit him: He had heard these things before. Had our correspondent developed the gift of foresight? These realizations took only a millisecond. That was the ultimate lesson. And why was this worth noticing? No.
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