Creative Inhibition: How and Why

Peter Lennox, Michael Brown, Christopher Wilson

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It is notoriously problematic to rationalize creativity; creativity is ubiquitous yet elusive. It is difficult to study in the laboratory, and the science of creativity is correspondingly underdeveloped; we know little of the origin, causal mechanisms, and influencing factors.
We do observe that it is not homogenous, being more or less present in different individuals, organizations and societies. But we can‘t, with certainty, declare that it is increasing; we have no way of measuring that. It could simply be that is increasingly talked about as an increasingly legitimate target for scientific inquiry. But the literature on creativity is asymmetric; those who are interested in the topic are overwhelmingly affirmative concerning the benefits and desirability of encouraging creativity. There are few dissenting voices; those who find the topic uninteresting don‘t research and write about it. If there are actually substantive reasons for impeding creativity, we should examine them. Uncritical endorsement adds little to any rational debate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreativity in Arts, Science and Technology
EditorsFredricka Reisman
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
EventInternational Conference on Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise (KIE 2016) - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 21 Jun 201624 Jun 2016


ConferenceInternational Conference on Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise (KIE 2016)

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