Saturday, September 08, 2007

Creative Limits?

Throughout my educational career, I have noticed astounding similarities in both literature and artwork. So, very simply, my question is this: Are there limits to creativity?


Kenshin_Himura said...

Creativity is defined as:

cre·a·tiv·i·ty –noun
1. the state or quality of being creative.
2. the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.
3. the process by which one utilizes creative ability: Extensive reading stimulated his creativity.

I'm going to focus on the second definition, specifically the portion of "transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; "

According to this, there is never a limit on creativity. Because every time creativity is implemented to take the traditional ideas, forms, etc. and create something new that is accepted, another person could come along and change that. It is like a never-ending cycle.

For example, people initially thought the Earth was round. Then people realized it was spherical. The people found the diameter of the Earth, and lastly how it all fits in the universe.

For all we know, there could be something completely new that arises, supposing we are all in an illusion. (Referring back to the previous question)

ethan_is_ninja said...

nope because creativity is unmeasureable and therefore infinite. much like hope and love and hate, it's unmeasureable.

Mr. Pseudonym said...

Dr. Perrine clearly states that you can gauge creativity on a graph. Much like a 3d object, the greater the dimensions he dictates the more creative. He never explicitly states a limit to these scales, but I imagine that at some point there is a pinnacle of human creativity.

Perhaps in the end it will mirror the Technological singularity?
At the point that we have something that is so so smart it can make itself smarter, then I imagine it's ability for creative thought will increase as well.
The future is that of the robots, no longer of the human.

susanna.w said...

Creativity is simply innovation. Something new. Anything unthought of. Even the smallest change in a tiny variable of life can be categorized as creativity. So no.

AmyLM said...

I think that there is a limit to creativity, everything reaches its limitations. Looking at the world, there are so many people with so many ideas and everyone is trying to be unique and creative. However, at some point everything will be used up, just like our planets resources will eventually disappear. Even if you change the minute details of the plot of the story, chances are it has been used before as is increasingly apparent in today's literature.

As an example of creativity reaching its limits, think about a person having all the colors in the world to use in an art product. There are millions of different ways they can use these colors, however they can't use any colors that do not exist, so eventually all the combinations will be used up (no matter how many years this takes). Even if they are going above and beyond the canvas, being creative, so are millions of other people all around the globe and eventually all variations will be exhausted.

katrina337 said...

I would like to say no, but it does depend on what definition you use. I definitely think it could go along with Technological singularity, though technological singularity is...odd, to say the least. It's interesting. Creativity is said to have no limits, but what if we really aren't out of the box, and just have yet to find the edges of the greater box we are in?