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Are We Free?Psychology and Free Will$
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John Baer, James C. Kaufman, and Roy F. Baumeister

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189636

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189636.001.0001

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Willing Creation: The Yin and Yang of the Creative Life

Willing Creation: The Yin and Yang of the Creative Life

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(p.296) 15 Willing Creation: The Yin and Yang of the Creative Life
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Are We Free?
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Dean Keith Simonton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189636.003.0015

This chapter discusses the place of volition in the act of creation. Discussion of this issue raises something of a paradox. The human will has both a major role in creativity and a very minor role in creativity. In a sense, creative thought is a function of both active and passive processes — of yang and yin. This conclusion is apparent from research on the creative process and its relation to incubation, serendipity, chance, regression, behavior genetics, psychoticism, expertise development, and multiples. The safest conclusion is simply that creativity is a complex consequence of the interaction between willful independence and will-free contingency.

Keywords:   creativity, incubation, serendipity, chance, regression, behavior genetics, psychoticism, expertise, multiples

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