Asking Why?

Jul 05 2010 Published by admin under creativity

“I have no special talents.  I am only passionately curious.”  - Albert Einstein

“Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.”  - Steven Wright

I really enjoyed Dave Trott’s article “A creative mind is an enquiring mind” and recommend everyone to read it.  He is right that curiosity is what makes us creative, having an open mind, pursuing diverse interests, challenging assumptions, and above all asking lots of questions.  We are naturally born to be curious, and as children are enthusiastic in asking ‘why?’ (and just as importantly ‘why not?’).  The key to creativity is to keep the child within us, the enjoyment of playing, and to never be afraid to ask ‘why?’.  Albert Einstein was known for his playful side and his childlike enthusiasm for new ideas and challenges – similarly Dave Trott describes the sheer fun and enjoyment that four modern scientists had in talking about some of their favourite heroes and ideas.

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