They might be thought of as complementing talents that you employ at different stages when trying to solve an issue or decide.
The ability to examine information offered to us clearly and logically is known as critical thinking.
The goal of creative thinking is to come up with new, novel, or beneficial ideas.
Great innovators can blend critical and creative thinking—perspectives from the old world combined with new world concepts.
Let’s have a look at how these various modes of thinking can interact.
Let’s consider a book as an example. What exactly is a book? It is the book of my friend Fredrik Haren. On the surface, it appears to be something that gives me information. We can concentrate on the meanings of the words on the page. However, this is only one viewpoint. What if we looked at the book through the eyes of a painter? They can study the book to paint it or portray the author or the concepts contained inside it. The artist may not regard the book as a collection of words but rather as a study of how the shadow falls on the spine, the curves of the pages, and the texture of the cover. The book can then be viewed through the eyes of a copy editor, a translator, a bookbinder, or a book marketer. The point is that we can look at the book from several angles.
Now ask yourself, “Whose interpretation of the book is correct?” Is it the writer, the painter, or the bookbinder who is responsible? We’re witnessing distinct versions of the truth in each scenario. It enables multiple versions of reality to coexist without conflicting with one another.
“Everything appears like a nail to a man with a hammer.”
A fantastic anecdote from Indian culture exemplifies this miopic perception. A group of blind men heard that an unusual animal had been brought to town one day, but they had no idea what it looked like. So they went out in search of it, and when they discovered it, they touched it with their hands. “This beast is like a thick snake,” stated the first person whose hand touched the trunk. ‘It seemed like a kind of fan,’ one of the other blind guys stated, reaching for its ear. They told another individual, whose hand was on its leg that it was a pillar that looked like a tree trunk. The animal, according to the blind guy who placed his palm on its side, “is a wall.” Another person who was touched by its tail described it as a rope. The last felt the front of the animal’s head and described it as a spear. They were all only aware of a portion of the reality. They would have figured out it was an elephant if they had discussed and debated with each other.
Reflecting on multiple views or truths and bringing new ideas to mind is what creative thinking is all about.
If we return to our original question, “What is the purpose of a book?” in the instance of our book, we might conclude that a book is merely one person’s opinions and observations on a subject. We can then pose other questions, such as “does this one mind have to be human?” Is it possible that artificial intelligence could produce a better book? Is it possible for me to co-write a book with an AI? Is the written word still the greatest way to communicate a concept today, or would it be more effective to convey this narrative or my observations in a more experience or visual format, such as through a hologram storyteller?
When you’re trying to tackle a problem, see what you can develop by combining critical thinking and creative thinking. Perhaps one of your team members is creative, while you are more critical or analytical. Great, since you can look at challenges and solutions from multiple angles when you collaborate.