Creativity and Human Evolution

Essay by Dan SmeskiUniversity, Bachelor'sB+, July 1994

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Creativity is the sole heart of modernization, technology and the arts. Without creativity, humanity would still thrive in caves. There is no argument against creativity being an important aspect of our society, there is, however, a question whether creativity is spawned by mental disorder. Albert Einstein came up with ideas that seemed impossible or eccentric. Froyd's psychology theorems were laughed at, but now widely used and accepted. Both men were highly successful with their work. Einstein was considered a slow person and mentally incapable by his teachers. Froyd was an excellent student and was considered above average in all his school work. Both men were labeled as geniuses, and both men suffered from some kind of depression .

Dr. Arnold M. Ludwig informs us that '. . . creativity must go beyond the bounds of what already is known or deductible by reason . . . '(American Journal of Psychotherapy).

It is creativity that is the soul of the inventor, painter or poet. Creativity is not equal among most people and in fact is hindered by ' . . . self censorship, that inner voice of judgment that confines our creative spirit within the boundaries of what we deem acceptable.'(Psych Today).

Dr. Torrence, in his studies, concluded that intelligence does not have any effect on creativity and it is the thinking style that actually stimulates creativity (Journal of Personality). His tests focused on the hemispheres of the brain in which he stated that ' . . . left - hemisphere style is related to less creativity than right - hemisphere and interhemisphere styles.' (Journal of Personality). Results of Torrance's study prompted others to reject his conclusion by maintaining that '. . . intellectual superiority is the primary determining factor in creative performance.' (Kirk & Gallager 1983).

Intelligence might not be...