Children can't help but create: they need to put their mind on the page, they want to paint, to sculpt, to write short stories.
[It's] troubling because it reminds us how difficult it is to prove anything. We like to pretend that our experiments define the truth for us. But that's often not the case. Just because an idea is true doesn't mean it can be proved. And just because an idea can be proved doesn't mean it's true. When the experiments are done, we still have to choose what to believe.
Even when alternative views are clearly wrong, being exposed to them still expands our creative potential. In a way, the power of dissent is the power of surprise. After hearing someone shout out an errant answer, we work to understand it, which causes us to reassess our initial assumptions and try out new perspectives. â€œAuthentic dissent can be difficult, but it's always invigorating,â€ [Charlan] Nemeth [a professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley] says. â€œIt wakes us right up.