The question of whether creativity is innate or nurtured is a complex one. Many scientists have come to the conclusion that the genes play an important role in creativity. But do these genes alone make a person creative? We’ll explore this question in a moment.
Let’s first examine the origin of the ability to be creative in relatives. Then, we’ll look at how the environment influences the expression of certain genes. According to Dr. Sawyer, there are no innately uncreative people. Inventors like Thomas Edison, Samuel Morse, and the Wright Brothers were not born ready to invent the lightbulb. We learn to be creative and learn new skills, but it’s not an innate trait. In this book, we discover that creativity is not a ‘born’ trait but an acquired one. In addition, we dispel the myth that too much knowledge limits creativity.
While many experts argue that there is no single factor that contributes to creative problem-solving, they do agree that some factors do. In particular, a smaller corpus callosum may be beneficial for a creative person. This difference allows each side of the brain to specialize. This is a key element for divergent thinking and creativity. In this way, creativity will be enhanced. This may explain why some people seem to be more creative than others.
Dr. Sawyer’s findings are based on scientific research. His team at the University of Iowa found that individuals with higher levels of creative problem-solving tend to have smaller corpus callosums than those without it. This could help with creativity because it helps each side of the brain develop specialized skills. This difference is especially important in divergent thinking. If you’re a creative person, you can always blame your parents for your lack of creativity.
The answers to these questions may surprise you. In this book, Dr. Sawyer tackles the myth that creative people are born creative. In fact, they were not born with the ability to invent the lightbulb. But they were born with the knowledge and expertise to build airplanes. While creativity is a natural talent, the genes involved in the process are also important. The two factors may influence the way you think.
While some researchers believe that creativity is innate, others believe that it is a product of nurture. While creativity can be acquired and nurtured, a person must have the proper environment to develop it. Then, a person must have a strong sense of self-confidence to achieve creative goals. If it’s a gift, it’s likely to be a gift. If you aren’t creative, there’s no reason to be concerned.