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