Friday March 13, 2015

Kevin Ashton dismantles creative genius in 'How to Fly a Horse'

Author Kevin Ashton breaks down the myth of creative genius in his book 'How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery'. He says if there is effort and time, we can all create.

Author Kevin Ashton breaks down the myth of creative genius in his book 'How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery'. He says if there is effort and time, we can all create. (Penguin Random House Canada/Hayeshayes.com )

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In How to Fly a Horse, author Kevin Ashton makes a case that creative genius is a myth. He argues great flashes of inspiration are never the work of just one person, even if one person gets all the credit.

Call it a flash of inspiration, or a spark of genius, but whatever you call the act of creation, it's often portrayed in our culture as something like magic.

We're used to the idea that only certain savants, geniuses, or whizzes, are blessed with an ability to see in their minds' eyes what we could never imagine, and bring awesome creations into being. But that's an idea that Mr. Ashton believes to be deeply flawed — and even dangerous. 
    
Ashton is the co-founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Auto-ID Lab, and is actually the man who first coined the term The Internet of Things.

As part of our By Design series, we're asking about the ideas in his new book How To Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention and Discovery

What do you think? Should school make special provisions for pupils who are deemed gifted?

This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.