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Creativity as a Stepping Stone toward a Brighter Future

Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, 2131 Hillside Road, Unit 3007, Storrs, CT 06269-3007, USA
Received: 2 February 2018 / Revised: 8 March 2018 / Accepted: 21 March 2018 / Published: 4 April 2018
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If IQs continue to rise over generation, why has the world been unable to solve basic recurrent problems? This paper argues that creativity, which is overlooked in IQ tests and showing no signs of a similar increase, may be part of the reason of why the Flynn Effect has not led to a better world. Creativity’s predictive power for traditional positive outcomes, such as school or work performance, is significant but slight. However, there are other ways that creativity can help to make a better world. Two exemplar ways that are discussed in this paper are how creativity can (a) help people lead happier and more meaningful lives and (b) focus a spotlight on talented members of underrepresented groups who are overlooked by traditional measures. Both of these directions can lead to a world that is better equipped to solve larger issues. View Full-Text
Keywords: creativity; IQ; meaning; fairness; ethnicity creativity; IQ; meaning; fairness; ethnicity
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Kaufman, J. Creativity as a Stepping Stone toward a Brighter Future. J. Intell. 2018, 6, 21.

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