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Background. Provocation is an essential part of the creativity process. Faced with a mental or practical observation that contradicts and challenges the accepted norm, our mind is provoked to seek alternative explanations. Provocation can be deliberate, or compulsory, and forced by necessity. In either case, the process opens new avenues for learning and innovation.
In initial stages, provocative thinking does not need to be rational or satisfy traditionally accepted boundary conditions. Sooner or later, it needs to establish its own new rationale and satisfy old and new boundary conditions that conform to the existing observations. In this process, the novelty of an idea is not by itself sufficient proof of its validity. It needs verification and proof by observation
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