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As we get older society demands that we act our age instead of being childlike and thus we put our creativity on hold.

As we get older I am convinced that we believe in order to conform to societies standards we put our childlike disposition on hold, thus, stifling our creativity. A test was done on children to see how many uses they could come up with for a paperclip 98% scored at genius level of over 100 uses. As the gt older the test was repeated and the number went down until at the age of 25 only 2% scored at genius level.

As we enter higher levels of education we are encouraged to become more and more serious in disposition in order to impress upon the world (employers, university boards and such) our level of maturity and competence. Really all that is happening is our childlike curiosity and creativity becomes more and more stifled until we become constipated and more concerned about 'How we look' instead of what we might achieve if we worried less about that and more about the outcome. Giving it a go, doing something outrages.

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Childhood /=/ creativity.

However, I do agree if you said that some people didn't push themselves to their intellectual limits because being smart would make them a nerd or geek. But I also think that applies mostly to a book smarts area of intelligence, while street smarts with these types of people could still remain high. Plus, you should also consider that it might not be because they're worried about what society will think about how they're acting but because maybe with the society they're in, they don't need to necessarily be that way.

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