An Introduction To The On Creativity Project

For some months, a co-worker and I have been occasionally chatting in our breakroom or at a local Shari’s Restaurant or in his dining room (along with his wife) about the subject of creativity and our shared interest in it.  Today (as I write this), he suggested we write an essay about the subject, dividing the responsibility based on his preference for writing about the sciences and my own writing in the humanities, including the history of creativity as a concept.  I am sure that not only will there be a fairly long period of reading and researching for the topic, but that there will be a fair amount of work in our writing.  It is quite possible that there will be a somewhat different voice between us as our approach is distinct, but how the work blends as a whole is something that will be seen as time goes on.  At the very least, it promises to be a large enough project to encompass a wide variety of posts, as I am particularly interested in the wide gap between the widespread (almost universal) implicit practice of creativity and the very limited formal knowledge of creativity.

As usual, here are the posts for my part of the series:

Introductory Material:

Creativity:  A Word History
Two Approaches To Creativity:  An Introduction
A Creator Reflects On His Creativity:  Part One [82]
A Creator Reflects On His Creativity:  Part Two
In Praise Of Quotidian Creativity [124]
An Unexpected Lesson In Creativity From New Jersey 11th Graders [86]
The Vulnerability Of Our Creations [12]

Creativity As Imitatio Dei:

Revelation Through Creation [11]
Towards A Theology Of Creation In Thomas Merton’s Writings [78]
Imitatio Dei In Tolkien’s On Fairy-Stories [19]
Imitatio Imitatio Dei In Leaf By Niggle [20]
Film Review:  Tolkien [21]
On Evolutionary Logic, Or How You Can Prove That The Internal Combustion Engine Was Not Intelligently Designed [42]
On The Mixed Motives Of Creativity [59]
Finding Prosperity In Negative Spaces: A Thought Experiment [64]

Case Studies In Creativity:

Creation In The Parson’s Tale
Creativity And Imagination In Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess:  Part One [46]
Creativity And Imagination In Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess:  Part Two [47]
The Long Goodbye Of Harper Lee [2]
The Silence Of Jarvenpaa [3]
Attributed To G.F. Handel [4]
The Water Is Wide [15]
A Modest Proposal For The Creation Of A Soundtrack Pop Format [16]
A Preliminary Defense Of The Jets’ You Got It All [17]
On The Creation Of Languages [63]
The American Civil War: A Case Study In The Ambiguity Of Creativity [31]
Niet Lullen, Zakken Vullen [27]
A Modest Proposal For The Creation Of A World Pop Format [51]
On The Relationship Between Gout And Creativity [109]
Hvad Udad Tabes, Skal Indad Vindes [110]
On The Opposite Of Creativity [123]

The Cultural Context Of Creation:

I Won’t Back Down [5]
‘Cause I Can’t Leave Things Well Alone, Understand That I’m Accident Prone [6]
Laudis Genere Operum [9]
On The Creation Of Genres [10]
The Only People Who Object To Escape Are Jailers [17]
What Kind Of World Do You Want? [26]
On The Role Of Government In The Fostering Of Innovation And Creativity [41]
Joshua Kendall And The Psychology Of Creativity [57]
Neil Gaiman And The Creation Of Good Art [66]
Questions Raise The Stakes [70]
On The Apportionment Of Musical Space [74]
Non Enim Pertinet Ad Lauden Artificis, Inquantum Artifex Est, Qua Voluntate Opus Faciat, Sed Quale Sit Opus Quod Facit

Lit Review:

Book Review:  To Engineer Is Human [1] [67]
Book Review:  The Geography Of Genius [7]
Book Review:  African American Inventions That Changed The World [8]
Book Review: How To Write: How To Start, and What To Write If You Don’t Have Any Ideas [13]
Book Review: The Polynesian Tattoo Handbook: Vol. 2 [14]
Book Review:  Poems And Stories (J.R.R. Tolkien) [18]
Book Review:  Against Happiness [22]
Book Review:  How To Fly A Horse [23]
Book Review:  Questions Are The Answer [24]
Book Review:  The Nature Of Creativity [25]
Book Review:  Copyrights And Copywrongs [28]
Book Review:  The Creative Habit [29]
Book Review:  Wired To Create [30]
Book Review:  Draft No. 4 [32]
Book Review:  The Perfectionists [33]
Book Review:  The Men Who United The States [34]
Book Review:  How Art Created The World [35]
Book Review:  Awakening The Planetary Mind [36]
Book Review:  30,000 Years Of Art [37]
Book Review:  Where Good Ideas Come From [38]
Book Review:  The Innovator’s Dilemma [39]
Book Review:  The Innovators [40]
Book Review:  The Design Of Everyday Things
Book Review:  A Little Princess [43]
Book Review:  The Origins Of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth For Dummies [44]
Book Review:  The Selected Canterbury Tales [45]
Book Review: Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War [48]
Book Review:  Technology And The Civil War [49]
Book Review:  Engineering Victory [50]
Book Review:  The Riddle Of The Labyrinth [52]
Book Review:  Talking Hands [53]
Book Review:  Successful Intelligence [58]
Book Review:  The Man Who Made Lists [54]
Book Review:  The Forgotten Founder [55]
Book Review:  America’s Obsessives [56]
Book Review:  Seeker Of Knowledge [60]
Book Review:  Cracking The Egyptian Code [61]
Book Review:  The Keys Of Egypt [62]
Book Review:  The View From The Cheap Seats [65]
Book Review:  The Design Of Everyday Objects [68]
Book Review:  The War Of Art [69]
Book Review:  The Story Of Measurement [71]
Book Review:  The Story Of Writing [72]
Book Review:  Sudden Genius [73]
Book Review:  The Literary Essays Of Thomas Merton [75]
Book Review:  Bored And Brilliant [76]
Book Review:  The Book Of Beautiful Questions [77]
Book Review:  Make A Nerdy Living [79]
Book Review:  Creativity, Inc. [80]
Book Review:  Driving Eureka! [81]
Book Review:  Art Matters [83]
Book Review:  Here’s A Brilliant Idea [84]
Book Review:  Don’t Read This Book [85]
Book Review:  Originals [87]
Book Review:  Loonshots [88]
Book Review:  Winners Take All [89]
Book Review:  What Do You Do With An Idea? [90]
Book Review:  What Do You Do With A Problem? [91]
Book Review:  What Do You Do With A Chance? [92]
Book Review:  Regretsy [93]
Book Review:  I Have An Idea [94]
Book Review:  Creating Things That Matter [95]
Book Review:  The Creative Spark [96]
Book Review:  Mass Flourishing [97]
Book Review:  The Runaway Species [98]
Book Review:  Natural Capitalism [99]
Book Review:  Bullshit Jobs [100]
Book Review:  The Rise Of The Creative Class [101]
Book Review:  The Rise Of The Creative Class Revisited [102]
Book Review:  Why? [103]
Book Review:  Big Magic [104]
Book Review:  When A Bully Is President [105]
Book Review:  Door To Door [106]
Book Review:  Ways Of The World [107]
Book Review:  From Here To There [108]
Book Review:  Extra Virginity [111]
Book Review:  Literary Wonderlands [112]
Book Review:  The Origins Of Creativity [117]
Book Review:  Curious [118]
Book Review:  Curiosity:  How Science Became Interested In Everything [119]
Book Review:  Super Mario [116]
Book Review:  The Paradox Of Choice [113]
Book Review:  Copycats And Contrarians [114]
Book Review:  Made To Stick [115]
Book Review:  The Artist’s Way [120]
Book Review:  Things Are What You Make Of Them [121]
Book Review:  The Art Of Noticing [122]
Book Review:  What Video Games Have To Teach About Learning And Literacy [125]
Book Review:  RPG Maker For Teens [126]
Book Review:  Getting Gamers [127]
Audiobook Review:  Our Iceberg Is Melting [128]
Audiobook Review:  Go Put Your Strengths To Work [129]
Book Review:  How To Write A Thesis [130]
Book Review:  Cradle To Cradle
Book Review:  The Design Of Business
Book Review:  Weird Ideas That Work
Book Review:  The Creative Tarot



































































































































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