The Mechanics of Creative Intelligence.

The all round genius, mathematician, physicist, engineer and philosopher, Henri Poincaré (1854 – 1912), wrote with scientific precision about how creative intelligence works: “I left Caen, where I was then living, to go on a geologic excursion [and…] the changes of travel made me forget my mathematical work.

“Having reached Coutances, we entered an omnibus to go some place or other. At the moment when I put my foot on the step the idea came to me, without anything in my former thoughts seeming to have paved the way for it, that the transformations

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Creative Process Stage 2. Incubation.

Creative inspiration can seem very mysterious but there are many ways in which we can encourage, foster and nurture more and better creative intelligence reflectionideas and insights.

Mozart has given us a wonderful description of this most enigmatic stage of the creative process: ”When I am… completely myself, entirely alone and of good cheer — say, travelling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that my ideas

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Process, Practice, Product

When it comes to creative intelligence, P is quite a letter. Process, Potential, Practice, Product… and lots more.


It's as if P nabbed all the most important words in the creative playpen. Here's a roundup of them and the best Internet links to help you make the most of them:

  • P is for Process.  The single biggest block between people and their creativity is that they don't understand the creative  process and how it works.  There are 7 stages in that process – and each has its own joys and challenges. Here's a link to

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