Imagination

Murphy, Peter (2010) Imagination. In: Murphy, Peter, Peters, Michael A., and Marginson, Simon, (eds.) Imagination: three models of imagination in the age of the knowledge economy. Peter Lang, New York, US, pp. 23-56.

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[Extract] We know a surprising amount about the nature of individual creativity. During the twentieth century, the empirical cognitive psychology of creation established a comprehensive list of attributes of creative personalities. As a result, we can say with some confidence that creative individuals are a mirror of the nature of creation. Creation is best described as a union of opposites. This is its most enduring hallmark. As F. Scott Fitzgerald put it: 'The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.' Creative personalities are the literal embodiments of this universal trait of creative action. They are often walking contradictions. They combine enthusiastic energies with the capacity for quiet concentration. They are predictive and insightful while displaying naïve even credulous wonderment at things. They are playful but disciplined, imaginative but grounded, responsible and irresponsible in turns. They mix extroverted and introverted, sociable and anti-social traits. Creative individuals are often lacking in courtesies and social manners, yet have close long-term intellectual friends and peers to whom they relate on the most generous and intimate terms.

Item ID: 23621
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4331-0528-9
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2012 05:27
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory @ 100%
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