Theory of Knowledge: To what extent does perception affect creativity?

Many will argue that your perception of the world and the experiences you collect throughout your life shape your creativity. Therefore the simple answer from this perspective may be that clearly perception affects creativity. But first what is perception, according to the Google definition; perception is the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses. And creativity is defined as; the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. So using the logical order of things. Becoming aware of something through your senses creates your perception and that creates the fundamentals for your imagination which according to the definition is what shapes your creativity. So yes, perception does affect creativity. Furthermore if you wanted to push the limits of your creativity you would realize that everything you create comes from something you have experienced in your life before. You may have original ideas and ways of combining these ideas to create something original and new but as scientifically proven everything your imagination is able to create comes from something you have experienced. These experiences are your perception and affect your creativity. From the other side one may argue that creativity is an independent skill that works separately and using simple ideas creativity allows you to display your original ideas. Creativity, as stated before, is the use of imagination or original ideas. According to this definition, creativity is based on imagination and original ideas. Can you create new ‘original’ ideas out of the blue? And what does original mean? The popular definition of ‘original’ states that original is something; present or existing from the beginning; first or earliest. According to that original doesn’t have to be new it can just be first or earliest. Your work may be original based on the fact that you are the first one to create it. But wasn’t it influenced by your perception? So although you may argue both sides of this argument it seems pretty clear that this question would lean towards the ‘yes’ answer. Simply because these two ideas; creativity and perception are interconnected and one has something to do with the other. So although many will argue that creativity is not affected by perception with many valid points it seems clear that there are always two sides of an argument and proving the other side wrong is simply difficult.

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