Watch this 4-minute video. It's really good. These are a few statements you'll hear:
"Breakthrough ideas almost never come in a moment of great insight, in a sudden stroke of inspiration... and this is partially because good ideas normally come from the collision between smaller hunches, so that they form something bigger than themselves... Oftentimes the thing that turns a hunch into a real breakthrough is another hunch that's lurking in someone else's mind... That's why the coffee house, from the Age of The Enlightenment, or the Parisian salons of Modernism, were such engines of creativity; because they created a space where ideas could mingle and swap and create new forms." - Steven Johnson
Wow. Steven Johnson just described perfectly what happens each evening in the kitchen of Engelbrecht House as the cognoscenti unwind after a day of stimulation in the halls of Wizard Academy. It's an amazing thing to see happen. And even more amazing when it happens to you. Come. Let it happen. We're waiting for you to arrive.
Random Quote: "He had been on and around the Atlantic Ocean plenty of times since the sinking of the Ark of Miriam; the train of association linking Thomas, in Joe's mind, to the body of water that had swallowed him had long since worn away. But from time to time, especially if, as now, his brother was already in his thoughts, the smell of the sea could unfurl the memory of Thomas like a flag."
- Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, p. 602