While it’s increasingly understood that creativity is useful or even vital in the professional world, people sometimes need a little convincing that it can also be of serious personal value. But creativity can be of enormous help in everyday ways we can all identify with - for example in the dating game.Read More
In a word: computers. Machines can now do what you could call IQ-style thinking – covering what ‘multiple intelligences’ theorist Howard Gardner would call visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence – pretty darn well. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here and it’s getting more sophisticated every day. But AC – Artificial Creativity – barely exists.Read More
You decide you want to learn how to play the violin. You see a one-day class advertised called “Learn the violin and unleash the musician within!” and go along, partly because you’re impressed with the rhyme.Read More
It’s essentially the biggest problem in creativity science: can you accurately measure creativity? If you think about it, if the answer is no then the scientific validity of much of its research would be inherently dubious. So many years ago those working in the field answered yes and, frankly, just went with it.Read More
Creativity is about the ability to overturn assumptions. It’s quite an irony, then, that there’s a fundamental and incorrect assumption about creativity itself in culture at large which needs to be challenged if creativity is to be properly understood.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
Creativity is so misunderstood, and one reason is simply the way the word is used in language. My New Oxford Dictionary of English defines ‘create’ as ‘bring (something) into existence,’ and often creativity is thought of in this general way too. In other words, to create is to produce, and to produce is to create.Read More
If it’s possible to significantly improve your creativity – your inventiveness, ingenuity and imaginativeness – I think there are two models for how it could happen. One is what I call the Riding a Bike Model. The other is the Chess Playing Model.
FYI: everyone has been using the wrong model.Read More