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Science and creativity, how do they fit?

Is it easier to think that an artist can be more creative and more confident than a scientist?

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Well, talking to professionals or students of the exact sciences enables us to understand how the scientific method affects the logical reasoning and, consequently, the production of knowledge. There are many stages of analysis and observations, which involves more questions than answers, considering that the scientists start by making a question and, then, trying to answer it. However, answering it in a convenient way isn’t his goal.

But what is the relation between science and creativity?

Well, for all activity that deals with problem solving, being creative is essential. Creativity is inherent to human beings and it is the element that connects experiences and creates new perspectives. Creativity is something that can’t be judged, because there are people who are more sensitively trained to understand and connect information than others. It’s possible to find a creative mathematical solution for a problem, for example, and it’s also possible to develop a creative graphical solution to a communication problem.

Even though many people believe that the use of creativity is something exclusive of the arts, there are many examples that show us the use of creativity in science, resulting in some of the most important solutions and discoveries of the human history. In 1897, for example, Joseph John Thomson discovered the electron in an atom and he theorized the structure of this atom, where electrons would be in a homogeneous paste, just like raisins in a pudding. Another great example is Archimedes, who said Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand, and I can move the earth”, and we still using this idea nowadays.

And what is the relation between science and creative confidence?

We can not forget that not all young people end up in an artistic or humanistic area, what means that telling someone "your drawings are very cute and creative!"or “your physical formulas are boring and complicated!" is something wrong (considering, of course, a personal taste for the subject). Why does a person who likes to calculate need to be convinced by others that he can not be as much creative as someone who draws well?

The creativity benefits everyone but when someone gets convinced that a scientist can not be as creative as abstracts or surrealists artists, the person gets discouraged on trying to be creative, despite the amazing things that a scientist can do when looking to nature in a different way. 


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