As you begin to delve more deeply into each of these subjects, you’re going to learn something about both knowledge and creativity: You’re going to discover that these are enormously complex concepts all on their own. Begin to try to understand the relationship between them, and the complexities are going to become even more noticeable.
It also doesn’t help that when it comes to the relationship between knowledge and creativity, there are differing opinions. Some people believe that you need these things to work as harmoniously as possible. These people believe that a balance between knowledge and creativity must be maintained. You will find that this mindset includes the concern that knowledge in of itself has the potential to substantially hinder or even destroy our creativity.
Is there any truth to this notion? Is knowledge limiting our creativity?
Understanding How Knowledge And Creativity Interact
At the end of the day, you can in fact make a strong case for the idea that knowledge is substantially limiting our creativity on a massive level. There are at least a couple of reasons as to why this might be the case. To begin with, we have to understand that even with so many potential definitions of knowledge out there, one thing remains true: Knowledge without information is useless. Information without innovation is equally pointless. Therefore, it is simply not enough to have a ton of knowledge or creativity. You need that balance between the two.
Secondly, you can make the argument that over time, we can become worn down, unconsciously intimidated by knowledge. The more we learn, the less likely it is that we are going to be willing to take a chance. For example, if you know that approach A has a statistical likelihood (but not a guarantee) of failure, you may disregard it entirely. Even worse, you may disregard the unique approach you may have taken to it, which is more often than not the biggest source for innovation. Creativity requires the desire to be innovative. Favoring knowledge over these things can make it more difficult to tap into that aspect of our personality that is constantly seeking inventive methods for old and emerging problems.
Obviously, this is a subject that can become very complex very quickly. In order to deal with the problem, it’s important to keep in mind once again that what you want is that balance. Seek knowledge and information in equal measures. Never lose sight of creativity’s need for innovation.