Study Shows We Are Born Creative Geniuses But The ‘Education’ System Dumbs Us Down

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“You are more powerful than you know and they fear the day you discover it!”


I remember listening to a talk by Sir Ken Robinson several years ago; about how backward the education system is, and the imperative to implement significant reform. Although he certainly gave an exceptional presentation on the matter, what ultimately captured my mind was the mention of what I now consider the most important study I have ever heard of in my life — a study in divergent thinking.


NASA — who houses the world’s foremost space program and some of the brightest people on the planet — contacted Dr. George Land and Beth Jarman to develop a highly specialized test that would give them the means to efficiently measure the creative potential of their rocket scientists and engineers. As a result, the duo came up with a different test, rooted in the process of divergent thinking; which is the ability to look at a particular problem and propose multiple solutions.


So Where Does Creativity Come From And Is It Too Late For Me To Get It Back?

Creativity is born in mind; specifically the imagination. The good news is, in spite of the ruling class’s best efforts to degrade our inner genius, the creativity can only be suppressed, it cannot be killed. Because every night when we go to sleep, the imagination gets stimulated.[3] Therefore, your creative potential — your inner genius — is merely sleeping within and just needs to be reawakened and rehabilitated.

How Can I Rehabilitate My Creativity?

According to George Land, based on all the studies he has conducted and all the brain scans he has looked at, we must learn how to judge less, and seek to understand more. We must criticize less, and be curious more. He also cites fear and anxiety as being exceedingly counterproductive.

Some of the greatest ways to deal with these mental debilitations are to engage in practices like yoga, meditation, and physical exercise since they help to alleviate stress and anxiety. They also inspire a process called neurogenesis — which is the creation of new brain cells. Diet also plays an essential role in mental strength and overall wellbeing. In fact, I recently wrote an article about how roughly 10% of serotonin (which helps to regulate mood) is produced in the brain and the other 90% in the stomach.

The other thing is to challenge your belief system. It is important to understand that whatever view we currently hold of the world, it is partly — if not wholly — the result of some form of cultural or societal indoctrination; and that regardless of how much we think we know, we are all ignorant in one way or another. We are still solving life’s problems, and we still have much discovering and exploring to do. Learning is a journey without end. So be humble and curious.

We must also develop a keen sensitivity to our external environment. Avoid surrounding yourself with narrow-minded people. Stop watching fear-mongering news stations, or celebrity gossip. Stop watching television shows, and music videos, that reinforce stupid stereotypes and shallow lifestyles. Your imagination is the most important asset you can cultivate, so you cannot afford to allow it to be infiltrated and shaped by outside forces.

Remember this, and remember it well my friends; this system is built on our imaginations. Money has an imaginary value. And we have imaginary limits. If we want to change things, we must start with the imagination.



1] George Land, Beth Jarman (1992), Breakpoint and Beyond: Mastering the Future – Today

2] John Taylor Gatto (2000), The Underground History of American Education

3] Nir, Y., & Tononi, G. (2010). Dreaming and the brain: from phenomenology to neurophysiology. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 14(2), 88.

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Written by Gavin Nascimento, Founder Of

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