“Creativity is just connecting things” (Steve Jobs)

Stephen Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould, the great paleontologist, third culture intellectual and popularizer of science, who passed away eleven years ago this week, on the keys to creativity: Identify your talent, work with it, make the connections & use more of what you read!

The trick to creativity, if there is a single useful thing to say about it, is to identify your own peculiar talent and then to settle down to work with it for a good long time.

Maria Popova, Bulgarian Brooklynite blogger par excellence, and the indefatigable creator of Brain Pickings, one of the best blogs in the world, on combinatorial creativity and why originality is a myth.

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