The Science of Creativity

date Wednesday, 25 September 2013 time 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

👤 Eric Schulze 🏢 Hamiltonian Gallery


Creativity isn’t what you think. It’s science-y, studied and, in many ways, learned. What traits do creative people have? Where do they come from? Darwin or drugs? Do metro systems make people more creative? How does that big ol’ sexy brain of yours make cancer cures, cat memes, and recipes for bacon?

Nobelists, presidents, artists, and scientists: Creative individuals exhibit very specific, testable traits. The question is really, “Is there a logic to creativity?” We have found that the answer is resoundingly “Yes, Mr. Nerd, there is.” And you can use this stuff to build and enhance creative communities.

You will learn the underpinnings of probability, neurobiology, city planning, and probably food science (because Eric loves teaching it). And more stuff. Don’t worry, Eric has a PhD in some esoteric science field, so you know you can trust him.

We’ll conclude by discussing how these ideas can be used to foster increasingly creative communities so you can walk out and actually DO something with what you’ve learned.


This class is held in partnership with the Hamiltonian Gallery.


Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Neighborhood: U Street

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