Communication, Creativity and Cultural Production

Keith Sawyer (2006, p.33) asserts that “a scientific explanation of creativity requires us to look critically
at our own cultural assumptions about how creativity works, and scientific studies of creativity fail to
support our most cherished beliefs about creativity” and yet, “many basic tenets of Romantic aesthetics
have proved extremely durable” (Heath & Boreham, 2005, p.172). There are many “internal
contradictions in the foundations of Romantic thinking, but the fact that we are still raising these
revisionist objections shows how pervasive the Romantic influence has been” (ibid).


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