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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds We know now what creativity is, what is creative thinking? Creativity theorists Edgar, McCann and McCann define it in Creative and Critical Thinking as the formation of possible solutions to a problem, or possible explanations of a phenomenon. Critical thinking is differnt; it’s the testing and evaluation of these proposed solutions. When we combine the two forms, we call it ‘effective thinking.’ This has many practical applications in our daily lives, and is used for a variety of different purposes. For example, a product will generally not go to market without rigorous testing and evaluation processes. Another example is of a detective, who thinks of possible suspects and motives, then tests out their validity using critical thinking to reach conclusions underpinned by evidence.

Skip to 1 minute and 5 seconds These types of thinking are interactive. For example, when a detective arrives at the scene of a crime and finds a key as a piece of evidence. He starts to imagine possible sources and stories to connect with this evidence. This is creative thinking. He tries to find proof whether or not his assumption is true. This is critical thinking. If his hypothesis proves to be false, he repeats the steps from the beginning. So, the process of effective thinking becomes a cycle. Acting first and then considering your options later is a recipe for failure. Thinking calmly, creatively and then critically is the best way to success.

Creative Thinking Vs. Critical Thinking (1/2)

When we approach a problem, both creative thinking and critical thinking interact with each other as we figure out its solutions. Making good use of both ways of thinking helps us to come out with a better solution faster.

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