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Neuroscience and creativity. “We now know that moments of insight come from a particular circuit in the back of the right hemisphere of the brain called the superior anterior temporal gyrus.” Rotman Mag., Fall 2011 at 76. Aha, I get it, I finally get it! (See my post of Jan. 28, 2011: neuroscience and brainstorming.).

The story on narrative effectiveness
. “Research has shown that people process information best when it is presented in a story or narrative format, ” writes Rotman Mag., Fall 2011 at 104. That reminds me to tell you a tale of narratives and stories (See my post of May 15, 2005: myths of change management; Jan. 17, 2006: strategic narratives in place of strategic plans; July 14, 2006: narratives, theories, and models; Sept. 21, 2009: neuroscience of stories; and May 4, 2009: stories with 6 references.).

Explanations, reach and hardness
. David Deutsch talks often about a good explanation being hard to vary, which means they are most constrained by current knowledge. David Deutsch, in The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World (Viking 2011) at 25. Changing the details would ruin the explanation. He also makes much of reach: a comprehensive, indeed universal theory, hard to vary, has reach (at 29). It goes beyond the problem it meant to solve.

Capitalization tables. What do you make of this mysterious “capitalization tables” from the blog of Two Step Software, Sept. 19, 2011? “The final fiscal quarter can be a stressful time for any company. As you finalize your numbers for the year, you’ll want to make sure that your capitalization tables are accurate and consistent with your ownership records and legal documents. If there are discrepancies, you want to find them before your numbers are incorporated in your draft financial statements. You don’t want to find any errors at the last minute that could delay your year-end reporting