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Creativity and widsom

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Giampaolo Moraglia

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Creativity and wisdom have been topics that have been neglected in the past- but now they
are seen as important concepts
- These subjects have many opinions
-Examining the nature of creativity: what it is
-And the traits of a creative individual
-Some believe that creativity is a process that occurs in the head at a rare moment in
-Others believe that a creative individual is a small part of creativity, and that other
processes such as economic, social, individual processes matter
-In popular culture: a consumer decides whats good/bad judgement depends on
taste/ preference at the time
-Therefore this topic requires a holistic approach in order to examine creativity
-ROLE OF TIME: - some believe that creativity is a time consuming process: it takes
a long time to unfold
-It has been compared to a biological metaphor to describe the role of time: takes as
long as procreation
-It has also been compared to evolution: new species arise from a long process of
natural selection
-However some believe that it doesnt take a long time.
-Others say that the insight process takes a long time, but the decisive point of initial
insight is quick, and very important
-DOMAIN SPECIFIC VS. UNIVERSAL: is it limited to a specific individual/field? At
the deepest level, are thought processes the same for artists and musicians? Or is it
specific to a discipline?
-Some theories say that both exist: there is some commonality among thought
processes for different fields, however, at higher levels, the processes become more

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-UNIVERSAL ABILILTY? some say that creativity occurs in rare, exceptional
people- thus it happens in rare moments in time- these theorists study superior/
elite creators such as einstein
-However the majority believe that creativity occurs in every thinking person, and in
all ages: they believe that creativity is an ability just like intelligence, that is seen in
everyone, but in different amounts- thus, these researchers test the general
-CAN IT BE TAUGHT? Some theorists believe that creativity abilities can be taught
and improved.
-ROLE OF UNCONSCIOUS: some believe that unconscious has a large role in
creativity which is why the process creativity is hard to outline
-Others downplay the role of unconscious
-Some beleive that both the conscious and unconscious is involved
-Believe that creativity and intelligence are not the same process therefore creative
individuals may not be intelligent or intelligent individuals may not be creative
-Imagination: allows one to imagine different scenarios
-Decision making: is needed to abandon failed approaches, one cant be stuck on one
idea- need to have many approaches
-All characteristics may not be present
-Self criticism= being able to distinguish between the good/bad- worthy and self
confidence= being able to start over, endeavour
-Social isolation= creativity is a solidarity path- an individual seeks independence
and separation to concentrate vs. The need/desire to get gratification from
-Looks at how output changes over the lifespan
-General creativity=totality
-Age curve is sometimes seen as an inverted J curve- applies to creativity in general
i)Age at where output peaks:
-Top the 10% people can do half of the work- thus, most productivity may be
generated by an individual
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