Everyone wants to be (more) creative. But what is it and why is it so appealing? Is it visible in the brain? Is creativity just a human affair, or can animals or machines also be creative? In this talk show we together explore the magic of creativity with a psychiatrist, a philosopher and an art historian.

From Einstein and Frida Kahlo to Beyoncé creative people shape the world and we as a society are their admirers. Creativity is a highly rated characteristic and it distinguishes you from the crowd. It has become one of the most important skills in the 21st century, where creative thinking and the creation of innovative concepts are increasingly important and visible in diverse aspects of society. But creativity is no longer just the domain of the artist, inventor or enthusiastic amateur.

Everyone wants to be creative or become more creative. But at the same time creativity is one of these things you cannot really grasp. What is creativity and where can you find it? Are some people more creative than others? And can creativity be learned or trained?

Together with art historian Liesbeth De Strooper, neuroscientist Steven Kushner and philosopher Tim De Mey we explore creativity in all its forms. The event will be moderated by science journalist Eveline van Rijswijk.

Liesbeth De Strooper is art historian and lecturer at the Departments of Arts and Cultural Studies at Erasmus University. Her research focuses on recent art market history.

Tim De Mey is assistant professor in theoretical philosophy at Erasmus School of Philosophy. His research focuses on the role of imagination and creativity in the acquisition of knowledge in the academic field.

Steven Kushner is professor of Neurobiological Psychiatry at the Erasmus Medical Center. His researches include cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in storing memories in the brain and the neurobiology behind psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia.

More information
Date: Tuesday 14 May
Time: 16.00 – 17.30 hours (Doors open : 15.30)
Location: Erasmus Paviljoen, campus Woudestein

Ticket information
Entrance: free, registration is recommended

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