Creativity: Ted Talk, Elusive Creative Genius

photo of Elizabeth Gilbert from Ted Talk on creativityThis TED Talk “Your Elusive Creative Genius” by Elizabeth Gilbert contains very intriguing concepts on creativity through genius and muse. The TED website summarizes the talk with the catch line “…the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” genius.” 

Evidently in ancient Greece and ancient Rome people did not believe creativity came from human beings but that humans were a vessel capturing ideas from outside themselves. The beauty of this concept is removal of intense pressure from the artist.

“If your work was brilliant you couldn’t take all the credit for it, everybody knew that you had this disembodied genius who had helped you. If your work bombed, not entirely your fault, you know? Everyone knew your genius was kind of lame.”

The story Elizabeth tells at 10:10 about American poet Ruth Stone and a poem coming at her from over the landscape and shaking the earth underneath her feet is amazing.

Those of you who have experienced bursts of creativity where a song or a painting is completed in one setting, will likely recognize how the result just “happened”. It reminds me of the Keith Richards “Satisfaction” story.

(read the TED transcript)

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Speaker: Author, Elizabeth Gilbert
Topic: Creativity
Genre: Literature
From: Connecticut

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