Dilbert and the flower pot

Yesterday’s Dilbert.com comic strip showed our hero at a party, drink in hand,   trying to impress a young lady. When she asks why he’s wearing a flowerpot on his head, he announces that he’s creative.  Hmmm…

Is wearing a flowerpot on your head, an act of creativity?

He then states that creativity is random.  I guess he means that  it  just happens without a  method or plan.  I wonder about the colleges and universities that teach courses in creativity, and about the many scholarly articles published every year that aim to describe, understand, and test the theories (which Dilbert calls “the algorithm” ) that explain creative behavior.

What do you think?  Is creativity random?  Can it be planned, or encouraged with a method?

Please share your thoughts below, in a comment.

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