Creativity has become a buzz-word today. Everyone wants a 'creative' job and people who are 'creative' are regarded as the best kind of people. But what is creativity? Is it enough for someone to produce something unique or novel? Well, we can all do that. But that doesn't necessarily render it any good. The internet is choc-full of unique and worthless writing, pictures and ideas. There has to be some added value. But what is that special value that differentiates the merely original from the creative?
Is a craftsman who can, say, make very beautiful stucco plaster molding being creative when he follows a very strict pattern?
How important is the organisational, cultural and physical environment is fostering creativity?
Does education stimulate creativity or simpy stifle it?
What's the relationship between creativity and intelligence?
What's the relationship between mental illness and creativity?
How can you become more creative? What are the tips for impoving creativity and what stifles it? take a look at John Cleese's video lecture.
How do we explain the phenomenon of creativity? Is it something uniquely human or could a computer one day be programmed to be creative? What is neurlogical basis of creativity? A recent BBC Horizon program is very good on this.