Oh no, it’s Turner Prize time again. That is, time for the vast majority of people to cast their eyes to the sky and wonder how such work garners serious attention both inside and outside the art world.Read More
Creativity requires a special, enhanced kind of discipline. Discuss. Or rather, let me explain.Read More
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
A new survey of 200 men in the UK reveals that 58 percent think being a more “creative, inventive and imaginative thinker” will make them more attractive.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.
Language has inherently creative potential, enabling anyone to generate novel streams of valuable information – words and sentences – whether in conversion, during speeches, in artistic settings or in the written form.
But it goes the other way too: creativity has many of the hallmarks of language. A special language, to be sure, but a language nonetheless.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. So making goods in a factory, erecting a fence or building a house could be thought of as creative in this general sense, as could uttering a sentence, drawing a mathematical formula on a blackboard or walking on wet sand and making footprints as you go. You’ve done something. You ‘created’ a reality.Read More