The age-old question of where creativity (or creation more generally) comes from and what it is has become something of a modern obsession. Pick up any newspaper, read any job application, any company’s mission statement or (if you fancy) any post on dating websites and there it is! Creativity is wanted, desired, required, shown, cultivated, etc.etc. But what IS IT actually? Nobody can tell.
And this is because, just like many other abstract notions that we often use in daily life, the scientific definition becomes almost irrelevant. We operate with more or less overlapping ‘implicit’ definitions of creativity and, even for one and the same person, its meaning can change from one context to the next. In a sense this is creativity turning onto itself, constant re-creation and liberation from the constraints of science and its systems of classification.