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Creativity as Potentially Valuable Improbable Constructions

Fedyk, Mark and Xu, Fei (2020) Creativity as Potentially Valuable Improbable Constructions. [Preprint]

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Abstract

We argue that creative ideas are potentially valuable improbable constructions. We arrive at this
formulation of creativity after considering several problems that arise for the theories that suggest
that creativity is novelty, originality, or usefulness. Our theory avoids these problems. But since we
also derive our theory of creativity from the scientific commitments of a more general theory of
cognitive development, a theory called rational constructivism, our theory is unique insofar as
it explains creativity in both adults and children through reference to a set of computational
mechanisms that have been posited on the basis of independently plausible experimental research.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Fedyk, Markmfedyk@ucdavis.edu0000-0002-0815-662X
Xu, Feifei_xu@berkeley.edu0000-0002-8220-7528
Keywords: Creativity, rationality, rational constructivism, developmental psychology, naturalism, normativity, learning
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Computation
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Learning and Memory
Depositing User: Dr. Mark Fedyk
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2020 15:19
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2020 15:19
Item ID: 18509
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Computation
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Learning and Memory
Date: 11 December 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18509

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