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What does it mean to be creative?

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You have certainly heard many times people saying s/he is highly creative or genius and there you might be wondering if you too could be as creative as they are supposed to be. Let me give you good news, I assert that it is possible. Ability of being creative is not inborn. It is something you acquire eventually with your interest and past experiences. Being creative doesn’t necessarily mean to discover/invent or think something totally new. We just need no see the world in different manner never seen before.

No one in the world abruptly get to know new things. They just keep going deeper in the subject they are concerned about. Either accidentally or by constant research they find out new stuff linked endogenously with stuff they had idea on. All we need is close observation which we often skip. We aren’t courageous enough to think out of the box. Creations are totally new sometimes when some incidents happen out of the blue. People are seen taking the credits from those creations too but I rather consider nature as creator for such creations or discoveries. The way you see and observe defines what you understand and explore.

None of the successful scientists kept on searching for things which they didn’t even know to exist. Everyone searched for what they suspected and on their journey, they encountered with some events which forced them to think about it later leading to a new discovery. We have numerous examples of scientists who didn’t imagine something totally different but rather combined the existing theories, observed from natural processes or went deeper in already established theories.

Scientists like Newton, Einstein, Thomas Edison, Stephen Hawking, etc. contributed many great theories and inventions by their creative thinking. Einstein gave general theory of relativity which changed the world intuition on classical physics. He always believed that physical thinking discovers and invents stuff virtually while mathematical thinking executes and repairs the proposed theory. So, thinking at physical level is more important than grabbing a paper and a pen to write down all possible equations you know. Einstein compelled other physicists to learn completely new topic on mathematics called tensor to explain his theories. It proves that basic level of discovery is at physical thinking. Mathematics is complementary requirement to prove such theories or discoveries. Newton gave his laws of gravitation by observing the processes occurring in the nature. Falling apple made him think the cause of it. Everyone in the world saw falling objects but none dared to think the cause behind it. It was never a new phenomenon. This is the difference between seeing and noticing. Here lies the boundary of creative thinking. Stephen Hawking used second law of thermodynamics “Entropy of the universe increases constantly” to put forward his idea “Surface of black hole is constantly increasing”. He unified quantum theory (used for invisibly small particles) and general relativity (used for cosmic scale objects) which seemed highly incompatible with each other. He gave theory on Hawking radiation based on quantum theory and concept of disturbed annihilation of elementary particles and anti-elementary particles near black-holes. Hawking didn’t discover something that was new. He just gave a new direction to existing theories. We always assume being genius is something we inherit but ask those genius people “what made them genius?” and you will get your answer. Thomas Edison defined genius as 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. The hard work you do today will result in fruit tomorrow for sure.

Creativity is combination of imagination and experience we gain from our past. Their unique combination and relevant match in natural processes we see are keys to theories in physics. Same goes with mathematical derivations. We combine previous knowledge and experience in form of equations to obtain an easier way to describe what we know. All scientific theories and hypothesis are based on shuffling of ideas in brain from past and their combination. Art and craft also fall under same category in creativity. Artist can never create something that is totally new. Creation of music is combination of tunes or sounds we hear either knowingly or unknowingly that get stored in our brain. If a painter paints something, even if it has never been painted before in the world, it is never completely new. It is combination of what s/he has seen before or imagined. Imagination itself is combination of shuffled information present in our brain. If I tell you to imagine something that you have never seen before, not even in shuffled combination, I’m afraid, you cannot do it. Even dreams are combination of information stored in brain from past experiences. You can never dream of anything you are unaware about. You might question me “What if I see ghost in my dreams I’ve never encountered with?” and it is good question indeed but don’t you dream with same images and sound you’ve been watching in horror movies since your childhood? In a nutshell, every creation in this world is linked with one another and you should catch one end to uncoil it yourself to reach to the other end. You might even reach to end of coil you never wanted to uncoil. This is how you discover something new and it is called creativity. It is based upon curiosity. It depends upon how interested you are to uncoil the secrets.

If we too keep on searching deeper for what we know, we will undoubtedly encounter with such stuff which haven’t been discovered before. This is the way we can become successful discoverer/researcher or creative thinker. Some people encounter with such events and still don’t have a clue whether that is strange, out of theories proposed and experiments held in our world so far or not. Some people suspect such events to be quite strange but give up on them too quick thinking that those might have already been discovered and they are just unaware about those events. If you encounter with such, just don’t leave it until you completely know about it deep enough to make sure if it is already discovered or not. I hope someday you all will proudly say “Yes, I am creative and genius”.

Discovered by Madhusudan Duwadi
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