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Beating the Odds

How to Have More “Aha!” Moments

You’ve heard perhaps the tale of Archimedes, the long-ago Greek scientist who noticed the water rise when he sat in his bath.

In this eureka moment, Archimedes realized he could use the same principle to learn whether the king’s crown was made with pure gold.

Whether or not the tale is true, the fact is that some people have more eureka moments than others. You can train your brain to see more than other people do.

Cognitive psychologist Gary Klein has even written a book about the process. It’s called “Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights.”

“An insight is an unexpected shift in the way we understand things,” Klein says in this article by Carolyn Gregoire. “It comes without warning. It’s not something that we think is going to happen and that’s why it’s unexpected. It feels like a gift and in fact it is.”


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