When creativity is brought up in any conversation, the first and only thing most
people think of tends to be the fine arts. Painting a picture, writing a song and
other artistic endeavors obviously take creativity; they start with nothing, or basic
raw materials, and end up with something unique and a clear result of the human
mind. On the other hand, fields that aren’t as creation-based, like the sciences,
tend to be seen as less creative. Unfortunately, a lack of creativity tends to imply
dullness, which is rather insulting to people studying fields that are apparently
“dull.” But are they really formulaic dullness?
First we need to know what creativity is. The word creative has a rather clear
connection to the word create. A comprehensive definition of creativity would be
the ability to create new things. So, as before, the fine arts obviously qualify as
they are creating artistic works. However, other fields also qualify. Take science
for example; if there’s a new problem to be solved, figuring out how to solve the
problem is going to require the creativity to figure out a workable solution. The
liberal arts also require creativity to find ways to take multiple bits of information,
often conflicting, and find ways to piece everything together.
Creativity is hard to avoid. People need things done, and often creativity is
needed to think up new ways to do things, especially when a situation hasn’t
come up before. It is perhaps one of the greatest abilities that humans have that
sets us where we are in relation to a more natural state. Instead problems have
been solved, inventions have been invented, and, of course, culture has been
embraced. So it’s not surprising that nearly every field of human thought involves
some level of creativity.
In a way, there’s a bit of a drive to be creative that also lends itself to so many
different fields. Learning by rote tends to be considered the most boring form of
learning, and it’s also the least creative. Having to use higher-order thinking
requires some creativity to design and then some in implementation. This may
explain some of the bad taste associated with some areas of knowledge. Take
mathematics for example. Many people’s experience with mathematics is doing
repetitive problems with a single method, and then moving to a new method. The
methods also tend to be handed right to students, leaving little room for creativity
and thus leading to boredom. On the other hand, people who love mathematics
are probably working on the problems without immediately clear answers and
have to create roundabout solutions.
Essentially, creativity is one of the key aspects of being human, and it makes
sense that it would penetrate into so many facets of human knowledge. Thus,
while artists are clearly creative, that fact doesn’t detract from the creativity of
people in every other field. Further, the intertwined nature of creativity and
interest makes most fields interesting to at least some people, and no field is truly
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