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Creativity Might Be Playful – but It’s Also Work

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Creativity ‘does not somehow float free of economic gravity, miraculously aloft’. (Shutterstock*)

The view that art is essentially unworldly and creativity is play has a long history, dating back to the Romantics in the 18th century. According...


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  • Eva Radke, founder of Film Biz Recycling, in her prop shop and drop-off center in Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York, on Oct. 30, 2014. The non-profit has reduced hundreds of tons of waste in New York City since 2008. Props, furniture, and wardrobe items donated from local film, television, and theater sets are given to charities, recycled, and sold for discount at Film Biz Recycling in Gowanus. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

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    Women Who ‘Lean in’ Often Soon Leave Engineering Careers, Study Finds

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  • In this Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 photo, Steven King, left, fills out paperwork before selling a handgun to first-time gun owner Dave Benne at Metro Shooting Supplies, in Bridgeton, Mo. King says he’s sold two to three times more weapons in recent weeks than normal as a grand jury decides whether to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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    Putting Summer Vacation Photos on Christmas Cards

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    Today’s 13-Year-Olds Are Not as Bad as We’re Led to Believe

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  • James Swartz, director of World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc., points out the term "Play Safe and Enjoy!!!" on the package for the Catapencil, a combination pencil and slingshot, at Children's Franciscan Hospital in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The consumer watchdog group has released its annual list of what it considers to be the 10 most unsafe toys as the holiday season approaches. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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    BOSTON—A bow that shoots illuminated arrows its manufacturer says can fly up to 145 feet and the “Catapencil” — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style... Read more

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  • In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, Pakistani students gather around Humaira Bachal, the founder of a charity school as she teaches them in a classroom in Karachi, Pakistan. At the age of 13, Bachal began teaching other girls what she learned in school. Those classes at home between friends grew into her life’s work: Bringing education to children in the working-class Muwach Goth neighborhood on the outskirts of Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, where families often keep their girls out of school and where even boys struggle to get decent learning. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

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