#MustRead Shares (weekly)

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    • A surprising number of the conveniences of modern life were invented when someone stumbled upon a discovery or capitalized on an accident: the microwave oven, safety glass, smoke detectors, artificial sweeteners, X-ray imaging. Many blockbuster drugs of the 20th century emerged because a lab worker picked up on the “wrong” information.
    • While researching breakthroughs like these, I began to wonder whether we can train ourselves to become more serendipitous. How do we cultivate the art of finding what we’re not seeking?
    • “As their highnesses travelled, they were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of.” And he proposed a new word — “serendipity” — to describe this princely talent for detective work. At its birth, serendipity meant a skill rather than a random stroke of good fortune.
    • serendipity as something people do.
    • “non-encounterers”; they saw through a tight focus, a kind of chink hole, and they tended to stick to their to-do lists when searching for information rather than wandering off into the margins.
    • “occasional encounterers,” who stumbled into moments of serendipity now and then.
    • Most interesting were the “super-encounterers,” who reported that happy surprises popped up wherever they looked.
    • You become a super-encounterer, according to Dr. Erdelez, in part because you believe that you are one — it helps to assume that you possess special powers of perception, like an invisible set of antennas, that will lead you to clues.
    • In the 1960s, Gay Talese, then a young reporter, declared that “New York is a city of things unnoticed” and delegated himself to be the one who noticed.
    • discoveries are products of the human mind.
    • As people dredge the unknown, they are engaging in a highly creative act.
    • What an inventor “finds” is always an expression of him- or herself.
    • Some scientists even embrace a kind of “free jazz” method, he said, improvising as they go along: “I’ve heard of people getting good results after accidentally dropping their experimental preparations on the floor, picking them up, and working on them nonetheless,” he added.
    • an incredible 50 percent of patents resulted from what could be described as a serendipitous process.
    • capable of seeing “patterns that others don’t see.”
    • That’s why we need to develop a new, interdisciplinary field — call it serendipity studies — that can help us create a taxonomy of discoveries
    • A number of pioneering scholars have already begun this work, but they seem to be doing so in their own silos and without much cross-talk.

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