Giovanni Corazza at TEDxRoma: out-of-the-box-thinking

Giovanni Corazza at TEDxRoma: how to get out of the box and generate ideas

 

Long Thinking vs. Fast Thinking

Giovanni Corazza at TEDxRoma talks about the out-of-the-box thinking. It is fundamental to consider information which is out of place, incorrect, or even absurd, too. But then the immediate reaction is to feel uncomfortable, which is typically shown by laughing and embarrassment. The long-thinking versus the fast-thinking, in his point of view, is one of the keys to go far, to be creative and to generate value.

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The role of creativity measurement in efforts to support invention

The Keynote Speech of Mark Runco at the MIC Conference 2013

 

The role of creativity measurement in efforts to support invention

Creativity plays an important role in many important human processes, including adaptation, evolution, and invention. Care must be taken, however, to define creativity such that the contributions are clearly understood. Creativity plays a role in each of those processes, but it is not the only influence on them. Invention, for example, also requires knowledge and sometimes even mastery of a field. Additional care must be taken when attempting to fulfill creative potentials. If these potentials are fulfilled, adaptation, evolution, and invention are in turn much more likely. Yet creativity is notoriously difficult to measure, and too often attempted to fulfill potentials are misguided by inaccurate measurements. This presentation covers conceptual relationships between creativity and invention and the turns to some of the problems involved in measurement. Perhaps the overarching issue for creativity measurement is follows from the requirement of originality. All creative things are original. Originality is necessary, but not sufficient for creativity. Originality implies that something new is brought into existence; but how can we develop measurement methods for something that does not yet exist? This and other issues involved in creativity and invention are to be explored.

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From Idea to Realization

From Idea to Realization: the importance of Creativity in our society

 

Federico Faggin (the inventor of the Microprocessor) identifies in creativity the starting point of the complex innovation process. He maintains that both the individual and the collective drives are necessary in the different phases of the inventive process. A very interesting interview to one of the most important inventor in the ICT world.

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Some questions on scientific genius and scientific progress

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Some questions on scientific genius and scientific progress

The recent paper published by Simonton on Nature has already opened a debate in the scientific community. Summarizing, he maintains that “genius in science has become extinct”. In his opinion “scientist today might require more raw intelligence to become a first-rate researcher than it took to become a genius during the “heroic age” of the scientific revolution in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, given how much information and experience researchers must acquire to become proficient”. Besides the hyper-specialization that characterized the contemporary scientific world, Simonton explains the extinction of scientific genius sharing the Thomas Kuhn’s point of view, that a scientific revolution happens only in front of a discipline state of crisis produced by an accumulation of critical findings that continue to resist explanation. And the natural sciences do not seem in a crisis state.

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Creativity and Science: contrasting or complementary terms?

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Creativity and Science: contrasting or complementary terms?

Can really the creative insights be understood in scientific terms? Or better, does it really matter? The question I raise is whether the scientific approach could add some value to creative thinking.

In the common sense, the view of creativity as a mysterious phenomenon still exists. The artistic inspiration (a taste of the Divine) continues to remain a ruling opinion in looking at creativity. CreativityAnd the attempt to understand this inspiration seems to destroy the magic creative act. This view persists notwithstanding the decades of scientific research on the process and components of creative thinking, that should have definitively destroyed by dint of data the vision of creativity as a gift for few.

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