Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Creative thinking

Creativity is something we all have.  It isn't just the ability to sing, create art or write. It's the act of thinking outside of the standard.  It's the ability to see things differently and to share those thoughts or ideas with the masses.  Gone are the days of teaching students what to think and memorizing multiple tables and diagrams.  The most successful academic programs are teaching students how to think.  How to use the mind to think outside of the box.  To probe new ideas, new understandings, and new methods.

When people think methodically they tend to think the same ideas with only slight altered changes.  When you think creatively you dream, you fantasize, you are able to think on another level.  Creative thinking has given us some of the greatest achievements and advancements we've seen.  If Henry Ford had asked the masses what they would like to see improved with the horse and buggy, they would've told him a faster horse.  Because he was thinking creatively he was able to envision something bigger and better.

"An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup." H. L. Mencken

"Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination." Barbara Harrison

"Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun" Albert Einstein

"Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart." Mencius

"Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted." George Kneller

"Without the playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable." Carl Jung

"Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking we can get on with creating the future." James Bertrand