Re: Help! I want my creativity back!

Robin Hanson (
Fri, 20 Dec 1996 10:00:29 -0800 (PST)

Anders Sandberg writes:
>One should remember that logic is one half of creativity; the other half
>is coming up with new ideas, the other is to test and apply them. Too many
>people lack one side, and either just churn out half-baked or useless
>ideas or criticize themselves so much they can never produce anything.

Amen. Most people who wish they could discover some great idea and
become famous for it have probably already stumbled across several
good enough ideas. What they miss is enough criticism in its general
sense - the ability to find the holes in bad ideas, and to anticipate
the objections others will raise to an idea. These abilities require
an open critical mind, and also lots of education into the ways ideas
fail and common criticisms.

Robin D. Hanson