Robin Hanson’s ‘Myth of Creativity”

Here is the link.  Excerpt:

To succeed in
academia, my graduate students and I had to learn to be less creative
than we were initially inclined to be. Critics complain that schools
squelch creativity, but most people are inclined to be more creative on
the job than would be truly productive. So schooling is mostly about
selecting the smarter and more diligent, and learning to show up day
after day to somewhat boring jobs with ambiguous instructions.

What society needs is not more creativity or suggestions for change but
better ways to encourage people to focus on important issues, identify
the most promising ideas, and tell the right people about them. But our
deification of creativity gets in the way.


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