Thursday, June 6, 2013

Intelligence, Wisdom, Creativity

Intelligence is the capacity to tolerate complexity.

Wisdom is the capacity to tolerate paradox.

Creativity is the ability to generate and wisely choose among a complex set of options.

Stupidity is the reduction of complexity into ill-fitting simplicity.


Stupidity feels like creativity, because a choice has been made. That's why many stupidity-inclined people are drawn to creative pursuits; careless reductionism comes easily to them. There are relatively few awful plumbers or school principals, compared to the hordes of terrible guitarists and graphic designers. True creativity is rare.

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