Alec Nevala-Lee

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Kant vs. the trees

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Immanuel Kant

An extreme case is Kant, who would work in bed at certain times of the day with the blankets arranged around him in a way he had invented himself. While writing The Critique of Pure Reason he would concentrate on a tower visible from the window. When some trees grew up to hide the tower, he became frustrated, and the authorities of Königsberg cut down the trees so that he could continue his work.

—George F. Kneller, The Art and Science of Creativity

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June 30, 2013 at 9:50 am

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