@SurfNTurf - I agree that divergent thinking, or thinking outside the box, is not limited to the arts but also has application in the sciences as well. My specialty, computer science, has undergone a radical transformation in the past twenty years.
Development tools using easy to understand graphical interfaces have opened up opportunities for people with visual skills to become programmers. We employ people from all backgrounds as developers.
Without fail, we notice that they all have different ways of approaching a programming problem. Of course, they all have basic programming knowledge under their belt, that’s not the issue. But there are many ways to skin the proverbial cat when faced with a real-world problem.
Sometimes we go with the more creative approaches, at others time we don’t. But we bounce ideas off each other and arrive at consensus. At our company, at least, divergent and convergent thinking are both important in solving problems.