Creativity

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Part of being creative is experiencing the little things in life.

Creativity is the ability to take seemingly disparate elements (ideas, concepts, theories, etc.) that exist in one or more domains, and combine to form a concept, thought, etc. in a separate domain. Creativity can also include the act of asking new questions, or phrasing things in a way that makes the concepts new and approachable.

Some of my favorite creative minds include Godel and Einstein who were famous for developing new concept/ideas/theories in mathematics, science, and physics that have been referred to as being “impregnated” with philosophical ideas.  They pulled on the knowledge already published from experts in multiple domains, plus being active in multiple areas, and subsequently created amazing things.

Creative people are really amazing at basically building up a database of information and using elements of it in all kinds of different ways. They tend to be a bit domain-agnostic in their learning and thinking. They have amazing associative memory and a real depth of knowledge in a handful of areas. They are normal people who are passionate about learning, and over time they build up some rather impressive sets of information and they start forming ideas. Improving on things. Thinking of new things and changing things. Challenging the status quo. Thinking… differently. They create.

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She’s listening to classical music… or Ke$ha.

One of the most amazing things about having children is watching them learn. They start at 0 and they make remarkable progress towards their goals. They pick up skills, they absorb everything. And they love doing it.

It has me thinking about artificial intelligence and learning algorithms again…

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Claire created this masterpiece a couple of months ago. Isn’t it beautiful?! #proudmama

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You see a couch. I see a trampoline!

 

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Creativity in Action; @Boston Children’s Museum

Some ideas for those of you who wish to step up your creativity game:

  1. Consume information like it’s going out of style and work hard at turning that into knowledge (really understanding it) and applying it wherever possible.
  2. Use different sensory modalities to consume this information – visual, verbal, interpersonal, intrapersonal, etc.  Basically, exercise every communications interface that you’re equipped with, especially the ones you’re not strong with using (because strengthening them will help you learn more in experiences where the information is only being presented in a certain fashion).  This also helps reinforce the ideas.
  3. Use your mind.  When you’re interacting with people, yourself (proprioception! mind/body connection), or whatever.  Don’t just sit there and zone out – think! Absorb! Participate!