The other day I came across a fabulous site called The Creativity Post. Right up my alley! It seems to be a relatively new site but is already full of a number of interesting and insightful articles.
Today’s posts takes a critical look at the book Imagine by Johan Lehrer (that I posted about yesterday) and makes some extremely strong points that question the conclusions drawn in the book. The article’s main point is to be careful about using “so-called creativity research” to support broad claims about creativity; particularly when not used in context. It is suggested that scientific studies on creativity require an understanding of data from different disciplines including psychology, neuroscience, anthropology and philosophy to name a few. I have to agree that creativity is far too complex to attempt draw conclusions from isolated studies. And admittedly this creativity talk is so complex that some of it goes over my head but I do love the discussion around what factors go into understanding creativity.
So many great topics of discussion on this site… some favourites so far…
I love the no nonesense approach to the writing. The last point hit home with me, a self confessed perfectionist… “Don’t take action… Do nothing until you are sure you have a perfect plan.” A sure fire way to kill creativity that’s for sure.
Love the first point here. “You are creative… The only difference between people who are creative and people who are not is a simple belief.”
A run through of the creative thinking tool called SCAMPER. Bring me back to my Creative Problem Solving conference days – must post about that soon.