Posted by: Xhyra Graf | 19 January 2007

Model 40

The Hint Type Recognition Model

Sherlock Holmes is the illustration of this model that most people can most easily visualize and connect with. Holmes lives in a world of

clues and hints. Where we see nothing, he takes the most slight and quotidian objects and sees entire stories and sequences of actions. This

model of creativity involves people who live in a world of fascinating clues, hints, conundrums, enigmas, mysteries, anomalies (Colcutt,

1981; Gardner, 1993; Henry, 1991; Grint, 2000; Hiber and Glick, 1993; Kanter et al, 1997; Rickards, 1999). Scientists and artists too live

in worlds of clues and hints, suddenly chanced upon.

This is saying that creativity is something like a large scale thorough-going dislocation of the perception process. It is attention focussed on

anomalies, errors, failings, circular arguments, and other traces of partial understanding of reality. It is like creative people see spaces

between objects where we see objects, they see the 5% flaw where we see the 95% adequate explanation, they see what fails to work where

we see what works. Creative people live with a photographic negative view of the world. Their perception is inverted in a way that makes

creating a natural outcome of how they perceive.

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