Faversham Stoa is a philosophy discussion group. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7.30 to 9.30pm in the The Bull in Tanners Street. We cover a large range of topics. There's no charge for membership and everyone is welcome to drop in. Just bring your brain and some beer money!

Creativity

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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.

What is creativity

Improving creativity

Creativity and education

Creativity and mental illness

Creativity and drugs

Creativity and therapy

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