Lecture focuses on the science of ideas

David Meyer — this year’s Henry Russel lecturer as presented by University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel — dissected the process of thinking and discussed the importance of idea creation during his lecture at Rackham Amphitheatre on Monday. Meyer, professor of mathematical psychology and cognitive science at the University, focused particularly on what makes an idea influential in society. “One of our major missions is to have big ideas,” Meyer said. Each year, a Henry Russel lecturer is chosen based on a person’s achievements in research, scholarship and/or creative endeavors, according to the Rackham website. Nominees are also supposed to display an outstanding record of teaching, mentoring and service to both the University and communities outside the University. The winner receives an award of $10,000.  Meyer emphasized common questions in…


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