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Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity

Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity

Combinatorial Creativity explained by Maria Popova. If you have not discovered Brain Pickings – this is your lucky day. May this Daily Find inspire something creative! Love from CW.

Why creativity is like LEGO, or what Richard Dawkins has to do with Susan Sontag and Gandhi.

You may have heard this anecdote. Picasso is sitting in the park, sketching. A woman walks by, recognizes him, runs up to him and pleads with him to draw her portrait. He’s in a good mood, so he agrees and starts sketching. A few minutes later, he hands her the portrait. The lady is ecstatic, she gushes about how wonderfully it captures the very essence of her character, what beautiful, beautiful work it is, and asks how much she owes him. “$5,000, madam,” says Picasso. The lady is taken aback, outraged, and asks how that’s even possible given it only took him 5 minutes. Picasso looks up and, without missing a beat, says: “No, madam, it took me my whole life.” […]

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