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Mind & Brain :: Mind Matters :: July 21, 2009 :: :: Email :: Print Why thinking about distant things can make us more creative By Oren Shapira and Nira Liberman Image: iStock Creativity is commonly thought of as a personality trait that resides within the individual.
Kevin Cheng and Tom Chi, at OK/Cancel have written an article sharing the creative process they use for creating their awesome strips. Idea seeding is the process where they use time constraints and design/refine cycles to improve their ability to create quality “product.” They also wonder about extending this approach to other areas where brainstorming is normally used.
Creativity techniques are methods that encourage creative actions, whether in the arts or sciences. They focus on a variety of aspects of creativity, including techniques for idea generation and divergent thinking , methods of re-framing problems, changes in the affective environment and so on. They can be used as part of problem solving, artistic expression, or therapy. Some techniques require groups of two or more people while other techniques can be accomplished alone. These methods include word games, written exercises and different types of improvisation, or algorithms for approaching problems. Aleatory techniques exploiting randomness are also common.
Since the beginning of the computer revolution people have been asking: Can computers be truly creative? That's a question best left to the philosophers. It probably all depends on what we mean by computer and what we mean by creativity - and, in the end, what we mean by human.