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35 Post author: MichaelVassar 02 March 2010 08:11AM

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Comment author: [deleted] 03 April 2015 03:01:59PM 1 point [-]

What I meant is simply: 1) IQ and creative thinking is not the same thing, the two concepts are not strongly connected to one and other. The brain operates differently when using stuff that requires high "IQ" and when "thinking creatively" (Algorithms related to both concepts still reside inside the brain of course.) 2) I think that Newton used both creative thinking and high IQ and perhaps some other part that the brain is equipped with by default, in order to develop his thinking in a way that allowed for the invention of calculus.

Comment author: TheOtherDave 03 April 2015 03:14:25PM 0 points [-]

Ah! OK, this helps clarify. Thanks.

For my own part, I agree that the cognitive processes underlying what we observe when we measure IQ aren't the same as the ones we observe when we evaluate creative thinking, though they certainly overlap significantly. And, sure, it seems likely that developing calculus requires both of those sets.

Comment author: [deleted] 03 April 2015 03:21:15PM 0 points [-]

Good we sorted it out :)