Friday, April 3, 2009

Creating Minds

Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi. Howard Gardner. New York: Basic Books. A Division of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. 1993. (1)

Why read it? Studies the characteristics of creative people.

Distinguishes between creative thinking which is diverse thinking and convergent thinking that looks only for right answers (IQ).

Notes that art and creativity are not synonymous. You can have art that is lifeless and boring and creativity in many fields that are not considered art. Einstein and math, for example.

Other characteristics of the creative person: sacrificed all, especially a rounded-life. Other people don’t understand or sympathize with what one is doing. Despondency when work is not going well. Breakdowns. Question tradition.

Author wrote the book because it was a book that no one else had written and a book he wanted to read.

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