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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Albert Rothenberg pdf (68,489 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Albert Rothenberg
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (68,489 Bytes)
Date:
1993-05-16 (May 16, 1993)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Rothenberg, Albert
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence F
Box Number: 46
Folder Number: 99
Unique Identifier:
BBARJO
Accession Number:
81
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1985-1999
Folder: Rothenberg, Albert
Transcript:
5/17/93
[stamped, Professor Joshua Lederberg
The Rockefeller University
New York, NY 10021-6399]
5/16/93
Dear Albert --
I enjoyed your piece on Kekule's Ourobouros -- thank you for sending it.
And I'm glad you've demolished his "dream": surely it was a "reverie"; and I concur with your observation about dreams being unimportant.
The half-wake state is another matter -- I find that a common experience. My interpretation is that the underbrush is cleared away (perhaps by prior dreamwork) and it's an excellent time for a fresh start, new directions, on a problem.
Carl Djerassi figures an example in his novel, Cantor's Dilemma.
Have you noted Judson's "Search for Selections" (1970)? And "Mind's Eye" is a title of a book on Engineering Design that I've seen.
"Brainstorms" may describe a related psychological (hypnogogic?) state. I've seen a few books with that title -- but you probably know that literature very well.
Best wishes,
Joshua.
P.S. Creativity is not just unfettered imagination; it entails the appropriate reality-grounded criticism as well.
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