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The Language of Man: Learning to Speak Creativity Paperback – September 9, 2016

4.5 out of 5 stars 37 ratings

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"Within the first few pages of his fascinating new book, The Language of Man, Larry Robertson shatters deeply-held myths that creativity and genius are the birthright of a mere handful of elites, bringing the vaunted notion of genius out of the clouds and into our everyday lives. In a carefully constructed argument, backed by wide-ranging research from neuroscience to philosophy and the engaging stories of some of the most creative people on the planet, Robertson instead shows how creativity, more than anything, is a mindset, a habit, a choice, and the limitless and necessary birthright of us all. The accessibility of creativity this book reveals and the possibility it opens our eyes to are utterly captivating." - Brigid Schulte, New York Times bestselling author, Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One has the Time        

"The Language of Man is founded on a powerful idea: that creativity is not the privilege of a few exceptional minds, but a language that is our natural birthright. Want to become more fluent in the language of creativity? This hopeful, insightful book will show you how." - Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author, A Whole New Mind and DRIVE

"Great books should push the reader to rethink their identity and modify daily practices. This is the province of The Language of Man. The reason this is a necessary book for anyone interested in cultivating their own creativity or leading others, is that the author synthesizes ideas from different fields to distill where breakthroughs come from, how to become more open-minded, and what it requires to sit at the edges of knowns and unknowns. To be honest, the majority of books on creativity rehash the same research and trite, contrived, and appalling obvious suggestions. Then there is this--mental ambrosia." - Todd B. Kashdan, author of Curious? and The Upside of Your Dark Side, Professor of Psychology, George Mason University

"Fantastic and extraordinarily valuable. By 'reimagining creativity' as something fundamental to the human endeavor and an innate ability triggered by openness to the beauty and wonder of this world, Larry Robertson elegantly reframes the entire debate about how to foster innovation and genius in us all. The Language of Man turns the discussion of creative and innovative capacity inside-out, arguing that these are not rarified talents of an elite cadre of geniuses, but within reach if not intrinsic to every human. While he interviews many of the most prominent "cultural creatives" of our era, Robertson's own insights are among the most valuable and far reaching, and his rare gift for asking questions and pursuing the unexplored is bound to release the entrepreneurial and exploratory spirit within us all." - Gary Nathan, author of Cross-pollinations: The Marriage of Science and Poetry, MacArthur Fellow

"As a book about creativity should be, Larry Robertson's The Language of Man is innovative and unique. Wide-ranging and compelling research is just the beginning. It's the author's focus on what creativity is like in actual practice, not just in theory, that makes this book stand out. Robertson does more than help us understand, he helps each of us create. Throughout the book we're introduced to a wide range of truly creative individuals who quickly become personal guides and mentors. Quilting it all together are Robertson's rare abilities to see patterns, discern simple truths, and tell entertaining and compelling stories, all of which make this book necessary and truly enjoyable. The Language of Man is a highly recommended, essential read if what you want is to create something valuable and original. And deep inside you know that's exactly what you want." - JJ Ramberg, Host of MSNBC's Your Business

From the Author

Greetings Reader or Reader-to-be!
Thank you for your interest in "The Language of Man." 
There is plenty of info to begin with right here. But should you want more to inform your buying or reading, especially reader reviews and praise for the book, you can find much, much more in one of 2 places: 
1) the front matter of the book - which you might be able to access with Amazon's "Look Inside" feature on the sales page for the title,
2) the website for this title, which is the title of the book minus the 'The' and is a dot com extension.
If what you want is to begin to play with your own creativity, you might want to have a look at these 2 spots:
1) again, using the "Look Inside," check out the endnotes to the book (Really!) as they contain many good sources, and/or
2) the resources available on my hub website, which is my author name all run together and has a dot me extension.
Cheers and happy creating!

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
  • Paperback : 442 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0983757445
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0983757443
  • Publisher : Daymark Press (September 9, 2016)
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37 ratings