I want to naturalize creativity [and] understand it at every level, from the tiny sparks of pretend play in early childhood, to the most extraordinary insights, creations, and inventions human beings produce... Creativity of the kind we attribute to people like Jane Austen, Pablo Picasso, and Albert Einstein is rooted in the fundamental creativity all human beings share...
— from my essay "Imagine This..." in Philosophy and Literature, V38, #1A, Oct 2014
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Industrialization polarized imagining and making, which in turn amplified human inclinations to superstition, religiosity, and romanticism. The results have been wonderful, and terrible, and all shades in between. Naturalized understandings of creativity as a broad human characteristic have long been available, but their penetration into general discourse lags and the impact on education is minimal.

I am interested in how creativity is codified, fetishized, and privileged. Although there is substantial evidence from fields such as neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and AI/Robotics that creativity is a fundamental and ubiquitous human capacity, in sociocultural terms the concept of creativity still rests on the worship of god-like exemplars and essentialist assumptions about personality, character, and talent that limit individual and collective human potential.

Sharing of creativity at every level and in all forms modifies the context and opens the door to significant change in how creativity is understood, developed, and deployed.

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