Creativity: the emotion of being Curious!

Understanding creativity with Feynman, Tonegawa and Taika Waititi!

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Surely you are ‘NOT’ joking, Mr Feynman!

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Tonegawa’s answer!

Susumu Tonegawa is a name which many of us might not be familiar with, outside the science circles. Still, it is one name that should pop into our heads when we try to define how creativity is not just an inherent quality but an acquired one. Tonegawa is the recipient of the Nobel prize in medicine 1987, “for his discovery of the genetic principle for generation of antibody diversity.” Recently, the Nobel committee conducted a dialogue with him in Tokyo, asking him about how he defines creativity. His answer is fundamental to our discussion here; he gave three basic concepts to creativity. One is that you must be very curious about something, second, you need to have an unfailing urge to find answers to your question and third, to not limit yourself to one specific domain for the answer. We saw all these three combined perfectly in the work of Feynman before, a curious mindset to question everything, an urge to solve them and to branch out to other fields for the answers. This challenges our most fundamental understanding of society, or what we would like to call misconceptions of the society, that creativity is something one is born with.

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Waititi — What if…?

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Movies by Taika Waititi
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Conclusion –

We have discussed how being curious can lead to creativity, let’s apply that to the process of writing!

In the end, “Creativity has only one limit and that is how much are we ready to question?”

This article was written with inputs from Manasvita Goswami!

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