divergent thinking and the fantastically flexible human mind
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Divergent Thinkingand the
Weve all heard of creativity...
But what is it?
For the sake of this presentation, well define it as:
The ability to produce ideas that can be used in a novel way.
Novel: new or unusual in an interesting way
Great! Glad we got that settled.
Except, one problem...
Its really hard to be truly original in our ideas.
Look at my totally original creation!
Wait that looks like mine!
Well this is awkward...
So, lets start over.How do we invent something useful if everything has already been done?
We cant always find a new way to do things, but our brains are flexible enough to think up the uncommon.
Divergent Thinkingis the process of contemplating
multiple avenues of thought.
Consider this scenario:
How many uses can you think up for a rubber band?
The more unconventional ways you can think up, the higher your level of
Chances are, you wont think of any uses that no one has ever thought of before.
But you will think of uses that arent obvious to others.
And that, my friends, is how we produce great things.
When did you last show off your flexible brain?For more information on divergent thinking
and learning processes that align with the
Delphian model, check out this awesome video
of Sir Ken Robinsons TED Talk on Changing Education Paradigms.
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