The Unconscious at Work

Just last week I was telling my team leader about my design process for difficult problems: I examine the task from all the angles I can, think about possible solutions and then I go do something else for a while. Luckily he didn't think me a lazy bastard and even knew what I meant by "shower epiphanies" - being struck with inspiration during moments of mental idleness (while driving, doing yardwork or in the shower).

It was a nice coincidence that I saw Jonah Lehrer's You Know More Than You Know this morning.