Tuesday July 13, 2010 | Eureka!

July 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

We’ve all had that ‘eureka’ moment where a great idea popped into our heads, and sometimes the inspiration for that idea came from an unlikely source. Author Marlene Wagman-Geller has compiled some of the greatest Eureka moments in human history but the story behind these discoveries may surprise you. From the creation of Winnie-the-Pooh to the invention of Levi Jeans, Ms. Wagman-Geller chronicles the very human stories behind the inspiration. She shares some of those stories with us.
Marlene Wagman-Geller
– Author, Eureka!: The Surprising Stories Behind the Ideas that Shaped the World

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  1. How many times have we walked on it, vacuumed it and rolled on it as a child? Wonder what I’m talking about…. CARPET!!! I’m a local business person who saw the word CARPET and envisioned a new business opportunity. Please check out my website and feel free to share with your listeners. It’s a fun story that will make most anyone smile!!

  2. My sister was at INPEX in June, and may be on Jay Leno (they were up there filming) this week. Her idea is “a little bit o snowman”. She had another idea that Scott after she talked personally with the President of Scott. She didn’t have a pat. Her name is Phyllis Washburn from Rutherford County.

  3. A serendipity moment must be very different from a commercial Eureka insight, I suppose. Many ideas might make the possessor some money but hurt society, culture or the environment overall or in the long run. A selfish exploitative choice is completely different than having an idea that could universally improve quality of life or human insight or learning. It is degrading to group business strategies that diminish life with discoveries that enhance it. Right now the economic elite clings to outmoded technology because of the profit stream even as we surge toward our environmental doom. Intellectual property rights can be an obstacle. No idea exists in an economic vacuum. Marlene Wagman-Geller seems success obsessed and is oblivious to the context or impact as well as either serendipity realizations or Eureka events. See seems enured by the commercial “success ethic” and our opportunistic system of celebrity. We learn all the wrong things about innovation from such attitudes. We see the Internet sunk by scams and ingenuine relationships. Writing a book that glorifies crassness is an identifiable part of corporate indoctrination. Marlene demonstrates obedience to her masters.

  4. Carpet is another form of toilet paper. Toilet paper is often poisonous.
    Watch Jay Leno to observe the neurotoxic effects: See what a jerk.

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