In Favor of Opposition: How Polarity Rules and Fuels Our World

This paper argues that the ability to imagine and incorporate opposing views simultaneously can help create "transcendent creativity".

In Favor of Opposition: How Polarity Rules and Fuels Our World

Jennifer Lee

“'The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.’ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up, 1936. Do you agree with this statement? Or disagree? Or both? Please be as specific as possible.”

Feet planted on the ground, I leaned into a menacing lunge on my right side. I extended my arms straight out to my sides and pushed them as far out as they would go. Then...

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