Triple C: the generative spiral

The 3 C’s introduced

My take: a Trin-Yang

One without the other

  • Critical Thinking without Curiosity = just being negative. It’s easy, not to say lazy to just say “No, I don’t believe that”, or “I don’t support your reasoning”. And then stop thinking.
  • Curiosity without Creativity = daydreaming without stopping. We do need an extent of daydreaming (e.g. read Wired to Create), but without end…?
  • Creativity without Critical thinking = mindless generation of ideas (solutions) without a context (problem). This is what some claim Art is, but aren’t artists also supposed to be the critics of society? And, seen creatively … is not one of the drivers of an artist to create something, the actual observation that apparently something is missing?
  • Curiosity without Critical thinking = no guts to reject any idea, anything goes, no judgement. The golden rule of many creativity-tools. Or, alternatively, just being nosy, in a bad way.
  • Creativity without Curiosity = generating obvious ideas, or just ideas period. Ideas can be ‘novel’ but still obvious. It’s not a coincidence that patent-law includes the criterion of non-obviousness.
  • Critical thinking without Creativity = cynical, closed-minded, similar to omitting the curiosity. It’s just about not allowing other people’s ideas to be embraced, destruction without creation.

So, what is the conclusion?

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Chief Curiosity at The New ABC. Always Be Curious and forget “the box” altogether.

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Chief Curiosity at The New ABC. Always Be Curious and forget “the box” altogether.

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