The handwriting on the wall confessed: “My mother made me a homosexual.”

Underneath someone had scribbled: “If I buy her some wool, will she make me one, too?

That’s what I call creativity! It is an excellent capsule example of flexible, divergent thinking, not without a hint of playfulness.

In literature, ranging from graffiti to the great novel, the value of the creative spark is recognized. It is applauded in drama, praised in poetry, and admired in architecture. In short, creativity is the sine qua non of good art. It is no less valued in science. It is the creative mind that senses the inconsistency, mulls over the existent data, seeks a solution, and cries out the world, “Eureka! I have found it! Put the crown in the bathtub!” or “E = mc2.” Read the rest of this entry »