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The Connection between Postformal Thought, Stage Transition, Persistence, and Ambition and Major Scientific Innovations

Michael Lamport Commons, Sara Nora Ross and Linda Marie Bresette

in The Oxford Handbook of Reciprocal Adult Development and Learning

Second edition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199736300
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199736300.013.0076

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Connection between Postformal Thought, Stage Transition, Persistence, and Ambition and Major Scientific Innovations

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We distinguish normal human creativity from the originative nature of genuine innovation using the orders of hierarchical complexity. These account for why major scientific innovators are rare. The four postformal orders of hierarchical complexity are presented in terms of scientific tasks performed at each stage. Historical scientific innovations at the highest orders are empirically scored. Innovators’ personality traits are scored, indicating metasystematic stage 12 is a minimum requirement. Global needs to produce more scientific innovators require institutional changes of the metasystematic order of hierarchical complexity.

Keywords: creativity; cross-paradigmatic; fractal; innovation; metasystematic; paradigmatic; personality traits; postformal; Spherical Standing Wave Structure of Matter in Space; systematic; scientific

Article.  10542 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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