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I love sci-fi, and I was asking her the question because the future utopian dream is that the 3-D Printing cornucopia machines deliver to humanity all they want, and the only task left to do is to create. So to me it seems settled. All people are creative as children and somehow that goes away as they become adults. I suspect people just adapt to the best way for them to get by, creative or drudgery, whatever it takes. The modern school system can probably take some credit, as well as human's normal tendency to adapt to whatever the herd is doing - ie if all your adult friends stop playing with LEGO maybe you would too. (I did not stop playing with LEGO)
So I hope all humans are once more makers, and we can stop with silly labels. I have been making stuff for 40 years+ and it seems odd that the world now has a word to describe what I was always doing.
Napolean Hill postulates that there are two types of creativity.
1. One is analytical and is the intuition that comes from turning over a topic and examining all the angles.
2. the other is a flash of insight that comes from outside the person.
As someone who considers himself exceptionally creative (but not so humble) I can tell you that most of my ideas come from seeing a pattern in something and applying that pattern to whatever I am working on. Most of the universe is fractals and when you see interesting relationships between random things it gives you a new way to think about whatever you are considering.
"The best sites to get free, high quality $THING" over and over looks a bit... bot-generated.
"The first rule of design is 'use your own material'.
The second rule of design is 'use your own material'.
The third rule of design is 'use your own material'."