Shabbat: A Diverse Perspective on Human Creativity
Shabbat: A Diverse Perspective on Human Creativity, in Diversity in Intellectual Property: Identities, Interests, and Intersections, Cambridge University Press, (editors: Irene Calboli & Srividhya Ragavan) 2014 Forthcoming
16 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2014
Date Written: August 25, 2014
Beginning in the twentieth century, researchers examining creativity theory began to focus on the relationship between a break period and enhanced creativity. The reasons for this relationship are still being explored, but many interesting theories are being discussed and advanced in the literature about the importance of a break period and why this period has the effect of enhancing creativity. In short, science now seems to be documenting the benefits of Shabbat, an institution dating back to over three thousand years, by demonstrating the importance of break or incubation periods as a boon to human creativity. This Chapter examines this research and links it to the importance of Shabbat. In doing so, it explains a facet of human creativity through a diverse cultural perspective that to date has been ignored in the Intellectual Property literature.
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