Is Creative Genius Really in Our Genes?

Must true creatives be born of Mozart, Jobs or Edison genes? Not according to Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine, who claims anyone can be creative: “The human mind, after all, has the creative impulse built into its operating system”. Lehrer’s book investigates the inner mechanisms of imagination from the standpoint of current research and neuroscience. Topics include how our brains solve certain problems; how personal characteristics nurture creativity; how external influences enter the creative process; and how these pertain to the workplace.

In an interview with Mashable, the author also shares a fascinating insight about being inventive by “letting go,” like the Pollacks of the world. Here, children have a distinct advantage. Because the parts of their brains that control impulse and expression are still under development, they are continuously “creative” without choice. Does this mean we can restore ingenuity we’ve lost over the years by “pretend(ing) we’re a little kid,” as Lehrer suggests? Read this Mashable article and be the judge.

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