How Is Creativity Different from Imagination?

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Creativity is the practical application of imagination. So let me give you an example, I could imagine us both walking on the ceiling of this room, I have the imagination to do with it would be upside down the world would be funky and the room would look totally different we'd be walking on the ceiling.

Makes a pretty good imagination perhaps to do that. That's not creativity. creativity is when you put creativity to work to solve some problems. Now the artist is using creativity because he is trying to solve of the problem how do I express what's inside of me I have a vision I have a statement I want to make, and so the artists has an imagination, and the artists uses his or her creativity.

Often trained by the way creativity is a trainable skill often trained to say that's a very creative way to imagine that. Creativity is practical, imagination does not have to be practical and in fact, imagination is often at its best when it is not practical because the constraints of practicality come with age, and reduce your imagination space, it's why kids are so fantastic at imagining things.

They don't have any practical limits on their imagination. So they can imagine much better. Once you start to grow older you start to constrain your imagination with practicality, therefore you begin to create problems for your creativity. Einstein said his great challenge was looking at the world through the eyes of a child.

He was saying, I had to imagine what it would be like to ride a beam of light, and what time would look like in space, would look like if I rode a beam of light, that is not a creative exercise, that's an imaginative exercise.