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Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently by Gregory Berns

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Through the Eyeof an Iconoclast

The real voyage of discovery lies not in seekingnew landscapes but in seeing with new eyes.

—Marcel Proust

GLASS DEFIES DEFINITION. At room temperature, glass takes the form of a solid, hard enough to hold its own weight, and when appropriately shaped into a container, strong enough to support other substances. But this is an illusion. It is not really solid. Chemists say that glass is a liquid but with a viscosity so high that it behaves like a solid. Raise the temperature a little bit, and its liquid nature reasserts itself. And that is where the art comes in …

Stepping into the hotshop is like entering a carnival funhouse. Completely disorienting. Before you even see what’s going on, the roar of the furnaces ...

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