• o Who were they?
  • § 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.
  • § "There was never a genius without a tincture of madness."--Aristotle
  • o Why are they important?
  • § Although Aristotle lived during Ancient Times, he remains one of the greatest creative theorists of all time. Aristotle breathed life into his creativy theories by practicing and studying metacognition, incubation, idea assocation, and creative problem solving. Even a short perusal of Aristotle's poetry demonstrates that he was a "Beyonder by today's creative standards".
  • o What would they think of Destination Imagination?
  • § Ancient theorists would greatly respect Destination Imagination, since engaging in creative thought requiered close harmony with the gods and the muses.To the ancient theorists, the pursuit of knowledge was divine and necessary for human survival. Destination Imagination requires students to explore and generate new ideas
  • § "And what, Socrates, is the foor of the soul? Surely, I said, knowldege is the food of the soul." - Plato