(30 Apr 1956 - )
American author whose books include Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion.
Science Quotes by Gary Taubes (1 quote)
There is a theory that creativity arises when individuals are out of sync with their environment. To put it simply, people who fit in with their communities have insufficient motivation to risk their psyches in creating something truly new, while those who are out of sync are driven by the constant need to prove their worth.
— Gary Taubes
In 'Beyond the Soapsuds Universe', Discover Magazine (1997). The author explains (in a blog found online) that this idea comes from a theory by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who wrote a book called Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience. You do need someone to come in from outside. One of the theories about why mathematicians do their best work when theyre young is because theyre not yet educated enough to know what seems obviously wrong. So they try new things.