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Arjuna Nagendran


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How do you embrace your creativity?

Creativity can mean something different to everyone.

How do you embrace and express your own creativity? And how would you like to be more creative?


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    Nov 23 2012: Creativity for me often starts with a question. Questions are really powerful, they lead to new knowledge, a new conversation, a new way of looking at the world.

    I also think it's important to be willing to ask unusual questions. It takes courage, but it's the way to keep life interesting, fresh.

    Detail is also important. Inquiring into the details brings new perspective, and it also gives you more power, more of an ability to do whatever you're doing better.

    Why are you asking?
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      Dec 20 2012: Science and mathematics have gained significant achievements since Newton and Euler, who asked the biggest questions that led to the theories today. (I know I'm neglecting a whole slew of important people in the two fields.) I believe that the only way for innovation to occur is by asking unusual questions.
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        Dec 22 2012: Jerry, please see my response to your comment above. I neglected to hit the reply tab when composing it.
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          Dec 22 2012: "Thanks for supporting me, Jerry. So what unusual questions do you ask, or what field do you find yourself asking the most questions about (it sounds like you like science and mathematics)?"

          I am a mathematics/sciences type of person, but I really like to learn about anything and everything (but I have my preferences, of course). I usually ask the question "What does Wikipedia have in store for me today?" and do something similar to Rives.
          (See Rives: Reinventing the encyclopedia game)

          But on another hand, I am a (mathematics) teacher by nature, and when I look at students' work, I always look at their line of reasoning. It's interesting to see what they come up with, and sometimes even enlightening.

          I live and thrive on the next "Aha moment."

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