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Pubudu
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Pubudu   4/29/2013 2:47:33 AM
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True tekochip, In the schools they learn planed things for future use, but before going to an schools they do the things on their own ways when they are trying to do things in a very first time they think, they use brain, on the other hand after teaching how to do things they will follow just only the steps, they use brain only to keep steps in mind. 

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Re:Engineering Creativity Peaks in Kindergarten
Pubudu   4/29/2013 2:38:00 AM
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Yes AnandY I totally agree with you, I think that those things happen why because of the childhood they have no any parameters to lock at , in generally we called that "Think out of the box" I think that in childhood they are in out of the box when they get older they will go in to the box. 

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OLD_CURMUDGEON   4/23/2013 10:28:43 AM
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Now I know!  I always thought there was a scientific reason, but never realized it.  All those decades ago when my parents yelled at me, "GROW UP!" with sternness in their voices, a little "birdie" in my head, said, "NO!", and now, 70 years or so later, it's too late!  Oh, well..... maybe the next go-around will be different.

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Charles Murray   4/22/2013 6:38:25 PM
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I agree with you on both counts, mrdon. Learning from experience, keeping what works and eliminating what doesn't, finding successful patterns -- it's all a form of intelligence. Sometimes, it's even called wisdom. But as you say, we have to somehow keep in touch with our creativity, and not throw out the creative ideas too readily. That's the hard part.

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Dave Palmer   4/22/2013 6:08:08 PM
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@Critic: On the contrary, I think constraints force us to be more creative.  If it doesn't matter how much something costs, how much it weighs, how long it takes, how easy it is to manufacture, etc. -- then why do you need to be creative in the first place?

You can't come up with creative solutions to problems if you don't understand the problems in the first place.  And it takes a lot more creativity to come up with solutions that actually work than to come up with fanciful solutions that don't work.  This is why companies hire trained engineers, rather than just finding a bunch of kindergarteners and paying them in apple juice and cookies.

I think a combination of both outlooks is essential.  You need a grown-up understanding of the constraints within which you have to operate, as well as a childlike ability to question the "givens."

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Cabe Atwell   4/22/2013 5:57:31 PM
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Loss of creativity should be re-defined as lack of desire.

It is easier to do nothing than to do something. I've said this for decades. Why read a book, watch the movie, it's less work. Why draw a picture that will never sell, when you can play video games.

I think it all comes down to drive and choice, and not the various defined creativity levels. Drive to do anything, and the choice to spend the time doing it.

On kids' creativity...

 C

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Engineering Creativity
bobjengr   4/22/2013 5:52:14 PM
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Joseph.  In the appliance industry all designs are definitely evolutionary and not revolutionary.  The last really "out-of-the -box" idea brought forth by GE Appliances was induction cooking. Great idea but due to complexities and cost, not really that practical.  I had one of the very first prototypes in my home and loved it.  When the program was killed, GE came, took the range, gave me a standard product and junked the device.   There is no doubt in my mind that the pinnacle of engineering creativity was evidenced by Kelly Johnson's "Skunk Works".   The SR-71, F104, U-2, etc. are examples of creativity at work.  For those guys, education did not edge out creativity.  Great post.

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Nancy Golden   4/22/2013 11:53:08 AM
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I agree, Debera - and people are very resistant to even small changes, let alone large ones that require a new way of thinking. It's usually so much easier to do things like you have always done them and in this economy of corporate downsizing people are often asked to wear several hats - being creative would increase an already heavy workload. Part of it is also the corporate culture. If an organization encourages creativity as a foundational value - people won't be afraid to offer creative solutions.

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Re: Cultural Aspect to Non-Original Thinking
Debera Harward   4/22/2013 11:47:55 AM
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Nancy you are absolutely correct ,Kids just dont think what they are saying they are never consious about their talks or conversations.

Secondly what i think is that in our professional enviornment people are never encouraged if they provide any new or creative idea they are always asked to either make some changes in the already existing one or to modify it and  if someone tries to creat a new idea then its a bad day for that particular employee .

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Re: Cultural Aspect to Non-Original Thinking
Nancy Golden   4/22/2013 10:05:27 AM
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Debera, I think you make a very good point about children saying whatever is on their minds. As adults, we have learned to subconsciously apply filters to whatever we are thinking for many reasons including those you mentioned - so that by the time it comes out of our minds, it is no longer our original thoughts. I love how kids just say what they are thinking, although I can certainly think of a time or two where that wasn't the case LOL

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