Ancient Theories
Sarah Marie Catalana
The Ancients

The ancients saw creativity as both mystic and external. Theorists such as Plato and Aristotle believed that everything that is created must come from something that already exists. Poets of the ancient times often evoked the gods and asked them for inspiration. Although Aristotle lived during Ancient Times, he remains one of the greatest creative theorists of all time. Aristotle breathed life into his creativity theories by practicing and studying metacognition, incubation, idea association, and creative problem solving (Dickhut, 2003). Even a short perusal of Aristotle's poetry demonstrates that he was a "Beyonder by today's creative standards" (Pohrte, 2010).

What would they think of Destination Imagination?
Ancient theorists would greatly respect Destination Imagination, since they believed that engaging in creative thought required close harmony with the gods and the muses.To the ancient theorists, the pursuit of knowledge was divine and necessary for human survival. Since Destination Imagination requires students to explore and generate new ideas, the ancients would view the program as an opportunity to bring oneself closer to the gods.

"And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul." - Plato


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