Inherited creativity?

An interesting snippet from The Independent suggesting that creativity has some inherited element. The newspaper suggests a number of literary dynasties to support this, but the evidence actually comes from a study in which generations of families were asked to write stories which were then scored for originality and various other things. An interesting study, although I can tell you from my day job how difficult and controversial it is to judge creativity in writing,

It also rather worryingly brings to mind Francis Galton’s book Hereditary Genius, a book which used exam scores at Cambridge and the number of famous men with famous sons or nephews to assert that genius was hereditary, and that the meritocracy therefore worked…  Nepotism was not something he’d heard of, one assumes!


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