A Garden Series

Creativity Unlocked

4 talksHuman ingenuity and inventiveness has continually moved our world forward. From beautiful art works to works of literature, space shuttles to scientific leaps forward, at the heart of progress and change is a spark of creativity.

But an idea need not be artistic or world-changing to count as creative. Life requires daily acts of ingenuity and novel workarounds.  What is creativity and are all humans creative?  And so, what are the conditions that inspire creativity?  

Could creativity be what makes humans so successful as a species?  In this Series, we will learn about the history of creativity and deepen our understanding of the conditions that give birth to creative ideas and inventions.  We will consider whether science is as creative as the arts and whether the brain is wired to always be seeking new ideas. 

4 talks in this Garden Series
Is maths an art?

Dr Eugenia Cheng

What jumps to your mind when thinking about creativity? Chances are it wouldn't be maths. Philosophers, scientists and mathematicians used creativity to solve seemingly impossible problems. Could maths actually be as creative as the arts?

Thu, 13 Oct 2022 6:30 pm UTC

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Does artistic genius exist?

Dr. James Fox

Great artists are often described as geniuses. But what is artistic genius and would we know it if we saw it? Where does artistic creativity come from? From God, from imagination, or from hard work?

Is there creative power in paradox?

Dr. Wendy Smith

Could those moments where uncertainty or contradictions exist foster creativity? Dr. Wendy Smith will share how dilemmas and paradoxes can create the conditions for creativity and innovation and how this exists in all our lives.

Tue, 25 Oct 2022 6:30 pm UTC

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Are creatives born or made?

Prof. Dean Keith Simonton

What makes someone a creative genius? Dean Keith Simonton, the godfather of creativity, will share his decades of research on how our genes and our environment contribute to everyday creativity and the emergence of genius.

Thu, 6 Oct 2022 6:30 pm UTC

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