The Creativity Test

noah

There’s this creativity test where you’re given a random object and you have to come up with as many uses as you can. The idea is whether you are inhibited by the bounds of its implied use or if you are able to come up with things entirely outside its implied use. In a test format, it might look like this:

What are the uses for a lamp?

  • Turn on, to light a room
  • Hook up to a battery, use as a flashlight. Explore!
  • Use as a weapon
    • Wield by cord and swing lamp (ball & chain)
    • Use as blunt object
    • Smash, use sharp parts as shivs
    • Use hot bulb to burn
    • Smash up bulb until granular and mix in food
    • Cut cord, plug in, electrocute
    • Remove shade, blind someone?
  • Use cord as short rope
  • Smash and rebuild as art
  • Turn on and off to communicate using Morse code
  • Remove shade, use as photo-shoot lighting
  • Study the light, re-discover theory of relativity
  • Bring lamp into a very small room, use incandescent bulb, heat the room
  • Install high heat bulb, cook food?
  • Use with mirrors to light several rooms?
  • If metal, melt down and use to make something new. Maybe a cooler looking lamp.
  • Sell the lamp
    • Trade lamp
    • Return for full price if within return period
    • Claim it is a divine lamp and sell at profit
    • Donate it
  • Drop lamp to test gravity
  • Rub against various surfaces, to test density
  • Reverse engineer, learn how it works. Become a lamp maker.
  • Burn skin, homemade branding tool
  • Put it on a stage. Now it’s a “prop”
  • Bring it to Lowes and place in lamp section, just to throw people off
  • Smash lamp
    • Use broken pieces to make jewelry
      • Sell at fair
  • Turn off, hide.

So that is how you test the idea of whether you are inhibited by the bounds of something’s implied use or if you are able to come up with things entirely outside the box. In the real world though, that’s not what creativity looks like. It looks like this and like this:

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