Modern TheoriesSecondarySarah Marie CatalanaModern Theories
Modern theorists such as Rothenberg stress the importance of homospatial (conceiving of two or more entities occupying the same space at the same time) and janusian (thinking of a concept and its opposite at the same time) thinking (Neihart, 1998). Creative individuals must be able to engage in deep thought and recognize similarities and differences at the same time. This requires an open mind that is not intimidated by ambiguity. Modern theorists illustrate the importance of creativity in a myiad of domains-the double exposure pictures which artists create represent homospatial thinking, and eminent figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr who advocated "peaceful revolutions" represent janusian thinking. Modern theories often challenge the artistic bias in creativity and advocate the existence of creativity throughout all domains (Plsek, 1996).

What would they think of Destination Imagination?
Modern theorists would particulary support the Instant Challenge portion of Destination Imagination, which requires participants to solve problems quickly and creatively. Destination Imagination often presents students with problems that require them to adapt to changes (i.e. construct a bridge that can hold large amounts of weight, but that can be transformed into the heighest tower possible within 30 seconds). Since there are no "wrong answers" in D.I, students are encouraged to continually search for new and innovative ways to solve problems.

Neihart, M. (1998). Creativity, the Arts, and Madness. Roeper Review, 21,47-50.

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