Creativity for Innovation: The Heart of the Human Spirit, or is it Something Else?
T his article looks at the value of fairy tales and the creativity of imagination it triggers in young minds without saying it outright. The use of fairy tales as a medium to pass on information in a largely illiterate work and folklore was a social history of the collective subconscious.

Having read an article on the C4 news, culture section; Is Dawkins right about 'anti-scientific' fairy tales? - http://www.channel4.com/news/richard-dawkins-fairy-tails-philip-pullman-scientific

We found the article a very interesting read which cements the value of fairy tales and the creativity of imagination it triggers in young minds without saying it outright. It also points out that fairy tales are a social history from a world when illiteracy was endemic and folklore was a social history of the collective subconscious. We paraphrase of course, this isn't a review of the article it's just setting up what we'd like to add to it.

We'd like to point out to Dawkins et al that before science there was the imagination of the creative and innovative. Science was not gifted to humanity; it evolved from within the creative minds of men and women who dared to dream and question. To look at a situation and postulate; to observe, record, analyse and conclude.

Science is not the final answer to all the questions. It might help but before science is what gave rise to science and it is what came before that is certain to yield more wonders. Science is not the father of society, humanity created the protocols of scientific observation from a collective knowledge and understanding which is by no means complete.

We dare to suggest that creative thought and or experimental thinking (dreaming in other words) could provide precursors to even greater discoveries. Look at the science fiction of the 19th & 20th century giving rise to what we now regard as science fact.

To quote the words of the great Oscar Wilde:

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight and his punishment is he sees the dawn before the rest of the world

'Mange tout?!' Thanks to John Sullivan (creator of Only Fools & Horses) for some of our heartiest belly laughs.

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