“A daydream, in this sense, is just a means of eavesdropping on those novel thoughts generated by the unconscious. We think we’re wasting time, but, actually, an intellectual fountain really is spurting.”
Jonah Lehrer dives into the virtues of letting your mind wander, and why psychologists and neuroscientists have recently deemed a seemingly useless activity as a valuable cognitive tool.
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(via Why Daydreaming Makes You Smarter and More Creative : The New Yorker )