Creativity Beats IQ for Fostering Success by Self and Society
|December 11, 2013||Posted by Staff under Activism|
There is an awful lot of pressure to conform. “Satisfiers” avoid stirring things up, even if it means forsaking the truth or rejecting a good idea.
People’s partiality toward certainty biases them against creative ideas and can interfere with their ability to recognize creative ideas. Unexceptional ideas are far more likely to be accepted than wonderful ones.
The place where our first creative ideas go to die is the place that should be most open to them — school. Teachers overwhelmingly discriminate against creative students, favoring their satisfier classmates who more readily follow directions and do what they’re told. Schools make sure children’s minds are not on the “wrong” path, even though adults’ accomplishments are linked far more strongly to their creativity than their IQ.
Truly creative ideas take a very long time to be accepted. The better the idea, the longer it might take. Even the work of Nobel Prize winners was commonly rejected by their peers for an extended period of time.
What distinguishes those who become famously creative is their resilience. While creativity at times is very rewarding, it is not about happiness. A successful creative person is someone “who can survive conformity pressures and be impervious to social pressure.”
Ed. Notes: What happens to our childlike minds? Whatever, we should be able to avoid it. In the so-called primitive societies of hunters and gatherers, people are more exploratory, observed Jared Diamond in Guns, Germs, & Steel. Perhaps it would help to have student-driven education, as suggested by George Bernard Shaw, who also had kind things to say about Henry George, the reformer who promoted public recovery of natural rents, and about sharing the recovered rents. How fundamentally could sharing change society?