New Paradigm of Creativity: From Newtonian Mechanics to Quantum Mechanics and Higher Education Development

New Paradigm of Creativity: From Newtonian Mechanics to Quantum Mechanics and Higher Education Development

Masaaki Hasegawa
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0643-0.ch023
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The author aims to provide an alternative perspective on creativity in order to accelerate a paradigm shift in creativity in higher education. The perspective would enable every single person to extract the full potential and to contribute to society. Due to the idea of science: reproducibility, the main goal of research has been finding an ultimate solution that would be applicable to every single person. This idea comes from Newtonian mechanics; or, in other words, cause and result relation, that a specific factor causes a specific outcome. The problem of this idea is that Newtonian mechanics is designed for such objects as an apple and a car. Obviously, human thought, the main source of creativity, is not an object. This fact suggests the necessity of alternative approach. The author proposes a different perspective to change a paradigm of creativity in higher education.
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Getting straight to the point, this chapter will argue for a new paradigm of creativity that can be described with the following equation: iT=bT: (Identity)(Thought)=(Belief system)(Thought). If creativity exists outside of the cause-and-effect model, we need to replace Newtonian mechanics with quantum mechanics in order to make any serious progress. Whereas Newtonian mechanics applies to objects, quantum mechanics applies to states. The change from a Newtonian to a quantum approach enables a paradigm shift in the perception of creativity. Creativity as we know it is dead. This is the rebirth of creativity. The objective of this chapter is not to find an absolute formula to make all of humanity significantly more creative, but to propose an alternative approach and to change the assumptions that underlie current ways of thinking about creativity.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Creativity: A form of connectivity that has unique value in a specific moment.

Paradigm Shift: Radical change in underlying beliefs or theory.

Affirmation: To affirm oneself, one’s capability and worthiness through using words that have positive meanings.

Education System: A frame of learning experience by which specific information preferable for authority is imposed on learners.

Newtonian Mechanics: A system of mechanics based on Newton’s lows of motion that is applicable to objects.

Quantum Mechanics: A branch of mechanics, based on the quantum theory used for interpreting the behavior of elementary particles and atoms.

Goal Setting: To set one’s own objectives and directions that are not influenced by someone’s values.

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