Thursday, October 15, 2020

Logic, Intelligence, Creativity & their Interwoven Relationships

Either logic, intelligence or creativity, like that "ripples-on-the-water" metaphor, it is our connectedness to the world around us that makes whatever cognitive abilities we have truly useful to ourselves and to others.

"Intelligence" is from Latin word “intellego” -Inter-lego: Bind together, read between the lines, or connect the dots. Creativity is an innate thought process to connect the dots and generate innate ideas. Logic is a thinking process in which a result is derived from a thought. 

To untangle unprecedented complexity, we reach a stage to assess logic of everything: thoughts, language, actions. More specifically, logic, intelligence, and creativity, how do they interplay?

Logic, intelligence, creativity are all derivative thinking processes: Intelligence has been defined in many different ways such as in terms of one's capacity for logic, abstract thought, understanding, self-awareness, creativity, and problem-solving. Creativity is a high level of intelligence as it sparks fresh ideas or unique insight to solve critical problems in alternative ways. If intelligent things are the jewelry pieces, then logic is like the multi-thread to tie them up, and keep them shining through. The exponential growth of information can be refined into intelligence or nurture abundant ideas; it's the logic to knit things up in the right way and make them useful. The very goal of intelligence is to solve problems; creativity is about figuring out alternative ways to solve them; and logic is to make an appropriate order - arrange, rearrange, or shuffle up, to solve them in the right way.

Almost every job needs some level of logic, intelligence, and creativity in modern society. Being creative does not necessarily mean you are completely spontaneous or lack logic. In fact, creativity and logic are actually the “hybrid truth.” Our conscious and subconscious thinking work together. Our thinking perhaps happens subconsciously so we are not aware of it happening. However, we become aware of its consequences and shape our logically constructed mind for they appear as conscious thinking. Creativity is about connecting interdisciplinary dots, while logic is perhaps the very clue hidden in it. Creativity, or broadly, intelligence generates lots of ideas, but it takes logic to recognize, filter, or deal with them, and implement them successfully.

Nowadays, logic, intelligence, creativity are often nonlinear and multidimensional: Logic is neither equal to conventional wisdom nor linear understanding nor arithmetic rules only. Creativity is about thinking beyond conventional wisdom, or the “Out of Box” thinking. And intelligence is multidimensional. The reason linear thinking is in many cases, not so effective today is because there is always a temptation to use simple linear models to understand highly complex or nonlinear scenarios. Logic enables us to uncover patterns and understand the interconnectivity underneath the surface, or unpuzzle the myth behind intelligence. To be creative, you need to re-frame the new box thinking, first, you need to embrace the unknown. Second, you need to challenge the knowing. Creativity is infused with an inner cohesion, hidden logic, emotional wholeness and comes from a unique vision.

Intelligence is the ability to break any complex thought or problem to the most rudimentary parts whereas they either can be acted on or dismissed. Sometimes it is not possible to “see” the entire facts or truth because they exist in different planes until you deal with them from different sources that are related to the same matter, but the patterns are not apparent. So it’s critical to take a logical lens for gaining a contextual understanding and be prepared to go beyond thinking that confines itself to just things. At present days, we cannot separate creativity, logic and intelligence if we want to stay competitive, the updated and interdisciplinary knowledge enables wider dots connections and develops creative intelligence.

Logic, intelligence, creativity are the manifestation of a high mental capacity: Intelligence is the word we use to describe mental ability to recognize patterns, Creativity is an open ended or divergent thinking to generate ideas. Creativity requires a certain degree of independence and mental balance, the proper psychological level of inner security, positive attitude, and genuine autonomy. Logic is the linchpin to get things right for solving real world problems. Practically speaking, it is the aggregation of information and the assessment of that information that creates the intelligence required to develop creativity or define the rules that drive innovative problem-solving, but sometimes not so easy to do.

Intelligence is defined as capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc. Creativity is a higher level intelligence because it often imposes a higher cognitive capacity as you think “harder” via different thought processes such as association, perspective shifting, divergent thinking, etc. Being creative is not just about “being knowledgeable,” because they are often at the edge of things and able to expand the boundaries of knowledge. The logic is the high level mental capacity for recognition of the intelligence, twisting and reconnecting dots to turn the spark into an expressible idea, and achieve its value.

Either logic, intelligence or creativity, like that "ripples-on-the-water" metaphor, it is our connectedness to the world around us that makes whatever cognitive abilities we have truly useful to ourselves and to others. In fact, utilizing these cognitive abilities to derive value for the betterment of humankind is genius and wisdom.


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