Sunday, December 06, 2015

Sanjay Gupta looks at creativity as a personality trait, and then at the education of profoundly gifted kids at Davidson

CNN offers a series of brief reports on Saturday afternoons called “Vital Signs” with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

On December 4, Gupta interviewed Mason Currey  author of “Daily Rituals”, about the question about what inspires creativity or what sets apart “creative people”, which we normally take to mean creators of content (or problem-solvers).  This would include musicians, authors, composers, inventors, and theoretical physicists.   Currey indicated that “creative” people tend to like set routines, where set aside time to work alone, often in the mornings. Beethoven started composing early every morning after a ritual, making his own coffee from exactly 60 beans.  It can be hard to create “on the road”, so the idea of artists' retreats in the woods (especially for music composers) isn't as common as often portrayed.  We see “creative people” as disinclined to become dedicated to selling the wares of other people, or to manipulating others.

Back in the 1970s, Paul Rosenfels, and the Ninth Street Center, presented creativity as a personal discipline for those who live outside the social support system for approved family relationships (and this is obviously changing now with cultural norms and even same-sex marriage).  “Creativity” can involve openness to a certain intimacy with others who might have been viewed as less “attractive” by conventional social standards, while at the same time eschewing fame for the sake of more immediate living in a community.  This is a difficult topic.
Gupta also visited the Davidson Academy of Nevada, a free public day school for profoundly gifted learners, I believe in Reno, link here. This seems to be the same as the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, here.  Taylor Wilson (Issues blog Nov. 7, 2015) is reported to have attended here.

I also wanted to note a favorite float on the Thanksgiving Day Macy's Parade on NBC:  The toy baseball stadium.  The outfield wasn't very big.

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