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The Three Domains Of Creativity

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This chapter gives a condensed outline of a theory that the author has set out in detail in his book on creativity and carries that theory to the next step. The creative act does not create something out of nothing, like the God of the Old Testament; it combines, reshuffles, and relates already existing but hitherto separate ideas, facts, frames of perception, associative contexts. The emotive voltage discharged in coarse laughter is aggression robbed of its purpose; the tension discharged in the Aha reaction is derived from an intellectual challenge. Children and primitives are apt to confuse dream and reality; they not only believe in miracles but also believe themselves capable of performing them. Visual thinking is an earlier form of mental activity than thinking in verbal concepts; we dream mostly in pictures and visual symbols.

Keywords: Aha reaction; creative act; creativity; God

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