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Steven Johnson talks innovation-ideas/Spinal leak and headaches

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 8, 2018 4:16 AM
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Steven Johnson

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, March 8, 2018:

How a flute made from the bones of extinct animals can be traced to the invention of the programmable computer?  It's just one story from best-selling popular science author and media theorist Steven Johnson, who appears on Thursday's Smart Talk. 

Johnson is considered one of the world's best thinkers when it comes to innovation.  One of his most popular books was Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation.  In the book, Johnson describes "the slow hunch" and how ideas and creativity are often the product of a slow process rather than an "eureka" moment.

His latest book is Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World where he provides examples of where the adage "necessity is the mother of invention" by pointing out that many innovations occurred in science, technology, politics and society when someone was at play or doing something they enjoy rather than working on a project.

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Steven Johnson appears at Penn State/Harrisburg Tuesday, March 13 at 11:30 a.m. as part of PNC's Thought Leaders Lecture Series.  PNC's Regional President for Central Pennsylvania Jim Hoehn will explain the series on Smart Talk.

Also, spinal celebrospinal fluid (brain-spinal fluid) leak is a little known medical condition that can cause severe headaches when one stands up or is upright.  What actually happens is the fluid that supports the brain and spinal cord leaks through a hole or tear.  

Camp Hill Dr. Connie Deline is vice president and chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Spinal CSF Leak Foundation and she'll be on Thursday's program.

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Dr. Connie Deline

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