What is Creativity: Definition and 40 Discussions

Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something somehow new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible (such as an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition, or a joke) or a physical object (such as an invention, a printed literary work, or a painting).
Scholarly interest in creativity is found in a number of disciplines, primarily psychology, business studies, and cognitive science, but also education, the humanities, technology, engineering, philosophy (particularly philosophy of science), theology, sociology, linguistics, the arts, economics, and mathematics, covering the relations between creativity and general intelligence, personality type, mental and neural processes, mental health, or artificial intelligence; the potential for fostering creativity through education and training; the fostering of creativity for national economic benefit, and the application of creative resources to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning.

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    Dalton's Law Applications

    Summary: TL;DR: Doing an assignment in which we are to apply Dalton's Law to a product to improve/ better it OR create a completely new product using the law. Let your creativity run wild! Hi there! I am doing an assignment in which we are to apply Dalton's Law to a product to improve/ better...
  2. fresh_42

    How is mathematics related to creativity?

    I found this interesting article about the balance between mathematical creativity and necessary content. https://blogs.ams.org/matheducation/2019/01/15/reflections-on-teaching-for-mathematical-creativity/ I don't want to make the discussion exclusively a pedagogic one, which is why I posted...
  3. T

    Overcoming Depression: Tips & Advice to Improve Thinking & Focus

    I had depression 3 years back and was prescribed anti-depressants which my doctor stopped me from taking one and half years back. I am completely cured now but other problems in thinking do persist. I just don't want to talk on why I got depression on first place ! Though I have good mood now...
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    Are scientific and mathematical discoveries due to creativity

    When I asked this question in another forum, some people argued that scientific and mathematical discoveries are born out of curiosity and a way to explain unknown elements that surrounds us. Others say it comes from originality. In my opinion, I think it does come from curiosity, but you have...
  5. jedishrfu

    Secret to Creativity According to Science

    A PBS News Hour article on creativity and how we can nurture and develop it: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/the-secret-to-creativity-according-to-science
  6. jedishrfu

    The Loss of Creativity as Technology Rises

    Sadly, yes. https://www.livescience.com/15535-children-creative.html and the actual study is here: https://www.nesacenter.org/uploaded/conferences/SEC/2013/handouts/Kim_Creativity-Crisis_CRJ2011.pdf My experience is from working with kids over the years and comparing notes. I grew up without...
  7. SSequence

    I Recursive Ordinals and Creativity

    This question came up here recently (see later half of my post#9): https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/how-can-we-construct-ordinals-after-large-veblen.934141/ Possibly post#4 may be of some relevance too. I have already described my view more or less at length before (post#83 and post#169)...
  8. EvilScientist

    Are You Creative? Test Your Creativity on TestMyCreativity.com

    Would you consider yourself creative? http://www.testmycreativity.com
  9. T

    This algorithm can judge “creativity” in art like an expert

  10. Z

    Create DIY Light Intensifier Using Disposable Materials

    1. I am supposed to create a device that can intensify the light directed at a light intensity sensor. A small light bulb will be 25 cm away from the light sensor. My device is required to be 20cm long and placed in between the light bulb and the light sensor in order to make the light that is...
  11. J

    Creativity is a P = NP problem

    If I tell you to write a brilliant piece of music, even if you are a good musician, you cannot do that on command. You can only kind of do it by accident, if you have special talents (and then maybe only once!). But the thing is, the moment you have created it, we can almost all judge wether...
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    Is there a Link between Creativity and Personality?

    Is it possible to be creative and think differently in just one aspect/area of one's life or must one in general be different/eccentric? I mean, can one compartamentalize one's personality to be very straightforward , say at work, and be very creative otherwise? I lean towards a no; not that it...
  13. T

    Studying with creativity

    I recently read a book it was called "The Buzan Study Skills Handbook" by Tony Buzan. Basically the author argues throughout his book for people to use their creativity when they study: e.g - using colours, associating concepts with images, using stylistic writing, key words and lastly...
  14. Who Am I

    Engineering Engineering: Jobs with more creativity involved?

    I am feeling pretty confident about switching to engineering (from physics) now. I recently reread an interview between Elon Musk and Chris Anderson. Musk stated the following: I want a job that allows me to be inventive and creative. Doing the same thing over and over again seems pretty...
  15. zoobyshoe

    Creativity Book Pulled Due to Creative Quotes

    Creativity Book Pulled Due to "Creative" Quotes http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444226904577559322045607092.html
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    How do astrophysicists balance truth and creativity

    i met a brilliant scientist about a year ago he invented one very very important item that saved millions of lives little is known about space from an outsiders perspective atleast is yet scientists have to work with truths it seems like a delicate balance to find truths about space...
  17. C

    Unlock Your Life's Potential: Exploring Dreams and Creativity

    What I want to know is: if you can sum up your life's ambition, your motivation of living, in a word or few words what would that be ? Some of "my" keywords: Creativity Potential Exploration Progress Freedom Sharing ... EDIT: Information Mathematics(language) Imagination Dreams...
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    Logic and creativity within mathematics

    I've always been a creative person since I was little. I really wasn't noticed for my potential for maths at all when I was growing up and it was a year before I completed my GCSE's I was stuck in set 2 maths with a predicted grade of a D but tried and got a B all in all. When I went into...
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    Mathematics, Creativity, and Anxiety

    I am currently a university sophomore pursuing a degree in computer science. During the 2010 fall semester, my linear algebra professor approached me after class and suggested that I consider getting a concurrent degree in mathematics. I have always been very passionate about mathematics and...
  20. P

    Youthful Creativity: A New Idea for K-12 Students

    Isn't all math that is taught in k-12th grade a sequence of harmonies? Why does it have to end with just noise? There ought to be more star trek conventions and star parties. Here's a new idea... A young writers convention where we can receive genuine critique from k-12 students.
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    AMUSEd The use of muses in creativity

    I would like to bring up the importance of muses in creativity. Is it because they make our hearts beat faster and more blood rushes through our brains? Why is it that someone I love makes me want to do more?
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    Brainstorming and creativity

    I have always seen the benefits of brainstorming, such as the quantity of ideas that could be generated - the effects of brainstorming has on a group involved, such as, boosting morale, increase of work enjoyment and participation, which leads to better team work. When people, groups are...
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    Pauli Exclusion Principle: Finite Creativity or Philosophy?

    Does the 'Pauli exclusion principle' imply that the universe is only finitely creative? It's rather the philosophy than the physics behind it, I'm interested in. I just wanted to be sure I was interpreting this principle correctly. I thought it meant that there are only a discrete amount of...
  24. Z

    Calculus problem - Mental creativity and flexability needed

    The spread of a disease in a population is modeled by the differential equation dP/dt=.03P(30-P) where p is less than or equal to 30 is measured in thousands of people and t is greater or equal to 0 is measured in weeks. a) Find the general solution of the differential equation. b) Find the...
  25. B

    Timing Creativity: How to Be a Good Physicist

    Hi everyone! A recurrent point-of-emphasis I'm getting, in response to my eternal quest to "become a better physicist", is: "stay creative". That being said: I have alternating bouts of creativity and depression. For instance, as I write this, I have just come back from solving a...
  26. T

    How to Unleash Creativity and Innovation

    AHDHDPHAHDBAPDAPBBAPBADAAPBBEHDHDBAHDBDBAPDHDBAPDAPBA Not homework, just a test of my brainstorm. The space at the end is just a glitch on vBulletin's part.
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    What is the connection between creativity and entropy

    Hi Is there any connection between creativity and level of order? wikipedia - Creativity (or "creativeness") is a mental process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts. so, will it create chaos -...
  28. A

    Creativity with Vector math?

    I need to do a basic review of the general vector concepts like cross and dot product, projections, there applications like work and torque, and volume of a parallelogram and all the basic properties of vectors. Basically I need to present the topic to the class and make my presentation...
  29. Z

    Creativity in Physics: Berkeley vs IIT

    What does it mean to be creative in Physics? Does it mean to just think outside the box? What does that mean in physics? For example, IIT physics students are better at solving physics question than Berkeley students, but many claim that Cal students are more creative, bcs. Berkeley students...
  30. C

    Creativity learned or natural (born-with)

    Creativity...learned or natural (born-with) I had this conversation with some friends / coworkers today at lunch and both sides made good points. I'd like to get a view from everyone on these forums on the subject. I guess it all comes back to the big question you hear throughout management...
  31. L

    Overcoming Maths Obstacles: Tips & Advice

    I love Maths very much. However, most of the time I can't find new questions to answer nor know what to do with an unfamiliar problem. I really think this is going to be my disadvantage in my maths career. Does any have this problem and any advice?
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    The Omega Point and Total Creativity

    Hi folks, Firstly I would like to introduce myself. My name is Owen and I am a science teacher from Australia. I am a bit of a ponderer and after watching a doco on string theory I started thinking about our existence, as I often do, you know, the basic things such as... "Why is there...
  33. K

    Genius and Creativity: Exploring Unknown Discoveries

    Hello there I've been thinking about geniuses lately, I think that a genius has limits and there is no one in the world that knew something without any indicator that leaded him to know or discover this unkown thing, I mean I don't believe that a genius could know something without something...
  34. K

    Medical How can you boost your creativity.

    How can you "boost" your creativity. " Imagination is more important than knowledge " Albert Einstein. Then, the question is how could you improve your "creativity", of course i believe you must make an effort but..how? :confused: :confused: is there a formula for creativity or learning?.
  35. K

    Intelligence, creativity and race

    Do you think that intelligence and creativity are based on race? If so, why? If not, why not?
  36. A

    Creativity Molecular Process Costume

    :confused: HI I need some major help in creating a costume that illustrates a molecule involved in a process, can someone please help me i have to wear the costume in class tomorrow and am not allowed to make a model . I need some ideas as to what process is easy to do and how i can make a...
  37. A

    What do you think is creativity, born or not?

    What do you think about the creativity about certain people, for example Einstain, Da Vinci, Moxart, Picasso, is their creativity born or acquired during thei lives as genius?
  38. E

    Creativity and Reasoning Power

    How can we increase Creativity and Reasoning power dramatically within 5 years?
  39. B

    Creativity in Physics Problems

    I feel like I am just plugging into equations when I solve physics problems and I don't know how to be creative in my solution methods. Does anyone have any suggestions to help me improve my problem solving? I am a going to be a first year grad student soon and I didnt do that well in my JD...
  40. T

    Creativity and personality in computers?

    If a computer can judge a work of art, then I am sure it ,itself, can also produce art. That is, if it can decide who is creative then it itself can be creative. The key to creativity is making analogies. Deciding which is good or what is bad. Just random mixture of ideas is not any creative...