August Turak explores the question in his article on Forbes aptly titled Can creativity be taught? It’s a short, must‒read article for anyone who does creative work (which everyone does).
I don’t want to spoil the answer to the question, but I will share the great story August introduces in the article:
“In the early 1980s I was trundling along on a New York subway with a colleague when he suddenly said, ‘14, 18, 23, 28, 34. What is the next number in this series?’
“For the next ten minutes I manfully tried to figure out the mathematical relationship among these numbers. Finally, as we stepped off the subway I admitted I was stumped. My colleague, with a devilish grin, merely pointed at 42 emblazoned on the wall of the subway station. We had just traveled from 14th to 42nd Street, and it had never occurred to me that the answer was a stop on the subway. I had been so locked into the assumption that numerical problems had mathematical solutions that I failed to notice the answer staring at me from the pillars of every station.”
What do you think, can creativity be taught?