As parents and teachers know well, creativity without critical judgment tends toward the fanciful, the impractical, the ridiculous.
“Creative thinking” becomes a nice way of saying that someone’s ideas have run amok.
Like many things human, however, creativity and critical thinking are not easily or consistently defined.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s list of “Deeper Learning Competencies,” for example, identifies creativity not as its own competency but as a tool for thinking critically.
Generally speaking, creativity is associated with generating ideas, while critical thinking is associated with judging them.
In practice, however, the two are not so easy to separate.
Several years down the line, Strauss-Kahn was arrested on sexual harassment charges thus causing negative publicity to IMF.
One of the key benefits of thinking critically is that such kind of thinking increases the likelihood of achieving desirable outcomes (Sternberg, Roediger, and Helpern, 2007).
The fact that our defining qualities so often defy definition, that our distinctive traits are so frustratingly indistinct, is just another gloriously untidy part of us that robots will never understand.
How is it that some people always seem to be able to generate new ideas and think creatively, and others seem to struggle to do so?