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What is the difference between critical thinking and creative thinking?

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Tara Andrews on April 19, 2018

Physiologically, critical thinking happens on the left lobe of the brain and creative thinking on the right. Critical thinking involves linear logic, such as mathematics. It is a way of getting from point a to point B. There is only one correct answer for each starting point. Creative thinking is not linear. Fly around as a bird, and, finally, falls into a solution. There is not a single correct answer, but many of the solutions to the same problem. Creative thinking can not be rushed. In fact, while you sleep, your brain still thinks creatively and you can often wake up with a solution to a problem without actually trying. Critical thinking, however, requires focus and deliberate effort, and does not work during sleep.

Although creative thinking can't be rushed, that can be prompted by various techniques or strategies. One is the use of randomness to create a new way of seeing the problem.

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