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Do you think we are born with creativity or can it be learned?

I am a student at Arizona State University, and I am in a class entitled Innovation and Creativity. One of the premises of the class is that creativity is a learned behavior. Researchers studied a bunch of sets of twins, and found that that on intelligence tests they had a strong correlation but on creativity tests, they did not. This is the basis for the argument that creativity is a learned behavior, not something you are born with. What do you think?
http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html
(Creativity as a disembodied genius in ancient rome)

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    Aug 6 2013: Most non-creative adults grow-up in an atmosphere where creativity was not encouraged, and was often discouraged. Humans are born with the ability to be creative but must be trained in developing and applying the skill.
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    Aug 14 2013: ...both...as every seed carries a potential to be a tree but only evolve as a tree when get the right environment...

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  • Aug 13 2013: It may be smothered or uncovered.
  • Aug 8 2013: I think everyone can be creative. It whether we use the creativity or not. Some stop because of fear and some are taught not to use that talent unless in special conditions. and some let it fly
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    Aug 7 2013: i think we are all born creative...and for that the creator expects us to be co.creators hence one should exercise freedom of the mind and body.....put it down...make that whatever that you feel like making you will be amazed by the outcome.just sit anywhere and watch babies...then watch the pre school going kids...then children....and the teenagers...watch with an open mind and criticism...note some where if you can....and you will in deed be overwhelmed.
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    Aug 7 2013: .

    My answer:

    (1) "We are borne with creativity"
    because "creativity" is our ancestors' successful experiences in our DNA.
    (2) Creativity "can be learned" and then can become our gene.
  • Aug 6 2013: We are born creative otherwise we would never learn! Education stunts out creativity due to the need for control.
  • Aug 6 2013: First, What is intelligence?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligence

    Then, What is genius?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genius

    Finally, what is creativity?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creativity

    I think creativity is mostly a learned behavior relative to the 4 p's mentioned by the wiki (process, product, person, place), but there may be different aptitudes for what is learned which lead to different learning rates. For instance, someone taught the great masters how to play music,how to paint, and how to write. The distinction is that some learned the skill , and some learned learned the skill and then learned how to use the skill as a means of expression of personal vision and thought.

    Look at the wiki for learning, and in particular the discussion on meaningful learning.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning

    Perhaps some of the great masters were taught their craft early in a way that led to meaningful learning, and then when additional lessons on the subject were available, or when relevant ideas or observations on the subject were made, they were adapted in a way that increased both the knowledge and the rate/ability to learn new material on the same subject.

    Still, I think aptitude in a particular area, related sensory acuteness, and natural innate cognitive ability are factors in the rate creativity might be developed and the total magnitude of a person's creativity.
  • Aug 6 2013: Hello, Tim! I hosted the conversation which was similar with yours. My topic was "When you feel you are a creative person?" And I learned a lot from the conversation through sharing TED citizens' idea. I think creativity is given to some extent. Because there are a certain person who is regarded as a genius as he/she was born. But after birth, most people develop their creativity to live better lives. Plus, creativity comes from everywhere. Regardless of situations or surroundings people can improve their skill and become a creative person.
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    Aug 5 2013: creativity is not a statistic like height or weight. the over-use of this rather trendy term is somewhat misleading.

    the recent fascination with creativity is, more accurately, a reflection of how people are perceiving the education system these days, their dissatisfaction with it and lack of alternatives to how it has been traditionally operated.

    many modern schools are delivering a dull curriculum in a dull manner. the creativity we need is in what gets delivered and how, not measuring the 'creativity' of their students..