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The art of thought and interconnectivity of the creative process

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Thought is an art and a process. Graham Wallas introduces the four steps to the creative thinking process and how these steps interact and are connected.

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The art of thought and interconnectivity of the creative process

  1. 1. The Creative Process • Conscious vs. Unconscious wanders • Voluntary vs. Involuntary thinking • Deliberate vs. Serendipitous chains of ideas • In 1926, Graham Wallas, defined this process infour stages:
  2. 2. Preparation • Investigating the problem from “all directions” • Fully conscious stage • Brainstorm, research, planning • Relevant state of mind http://bit.ly/1b5fR85
  3. 3. II. Incubation • Unconscious stage • “Combinatory play” (Einstein) – Two or more ideas combined effectively – Result in creative thinking • “Negative Fact” – During incubation, no conscious deliberation of a problem • “Positive Fact” – Series of unconscious, involuntary mental events
  4. 4. III. Illumination • “Sudden Illumination” (Henri Poincaré) – Flash of insight that cannot be controlled by conscious self • Stephen Jay Gould agreed: “trains of associations” – Connections between the seemingly unconnected are the true secret of genius
  5. 5. IV. Verification • Conscious and deliberate effort • Testing the validity of the idea • Reducing the idea to an exact form
  6. 6. Creative Process • Interplay between the stages • None of the stages exist on their own • Mechanism of creativity is a complex machine of innumerable, perpetually moving and connecting parts
  7. 7. • This article was inspired by Maria Popova, brainmother of Brain Pickings. • Viva the Knowledge Revolution!
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