The discipline-straddling British polymath, Margaret Boden—philosopher, social psychologist, and cognitive scientist who once trained in medicine—argues that recombination fuels much creativity. She maintains that putting together disparate elements in novel ways is one of the thought processes that creative people use to start the engine that drives innovation and invention. History records the stellar effects in memorable breakthroughs in literature, art, technology, and science. But our jokes, puns, quips, and comebacks—the ones we usually forget—make ordinary conversations sparkle everyday.
I decided to put the combinatory theory of creativity to the test by inventing and playing a simple game with film scenarios. One tricky rule made the game fun for me: each of these new films needed to be a sequel to two different movies—double sequels. From a longer list a small panel of judges, hastily assembled, picked these top 10 winners.
The best mind games invite you to play a game with the game, insuring that creativity also delivers a dividend of continuing fun. So, I leave you with three questions. Did you easily guess the parent prequels? Could you resist casting the leads in these movies? And did you create your own recombinant scenarios for more double sequels?