This week alarm bells were rung in the UK when the government’s education secretary called attention to a growing problem in young children’s intellectual and academic development. Official figures now show that over a quarter (28 percent) of four- and five-year-olds do not meet communication and literacy levels, which for example means they are “unable to communicate in full sentences” by the time they enter primary school.Read More
Are we all “naturally” creative? Or is it a special skill or talent? I think creativity has elements of both, something that can be illustrated by looking at spoken language.Read More
Practising creativity is something I’ve been advocating for a long time as a way of growing your creative brain. A common misconception surrounding the phrase practising creativity, though, is that this means doing something “artistic”. That’s not it at all, for two reasons.Read More
What is creativity? I think it can be thought of as a language.
We tend to think of language as a means of communication, which of course it is. But it’s also a means of organising thought in a systematic and hierarchical fashion, as pioneering linguist Noam Chomsky has consistently argued.Read More
The imagination gets a great press. As that little-known thinker Albert Einstein put it, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world.” All you have to do, surely, is use it and voila! Creative genius is a short hop away.Read More