Cognitive Science / Computer Science / Creativity / Incompleteness / Philosophy / Science

The Trade-Off between Explicitness and Generality

A new article on my philosophy blog.
Descriptions of Creative processes, cannot be general and explicit at the same time, so every description of creatiity is incomplete in some way. Either you get an explicit, exact, but incomplete description of special cases or a blurred or very implicit picture of the whole. This applies, I think, to theories about human mental processes and, as a result, to descriptions of human culture.

Creativistic Philosophy

indeterminacy principle

Human thinking and human culture seems to be infinitely complex. All attempts to create a unified and exact theory of human thinking and culture seem to have failed.

In Ammon 1987, Kurt Ammon introduces a hypothesis about creative systems he calls the “indeterminacy principle”, a term inspired by the principle of quantum mechanics that bears the same name. In a nutshell, Ammon’s hypothesis states that the more general a theory about creative systems gets, the less explicit it will be and vice versa.

If we presume that the concept of “creative systems” can be applied to human beings (which I suppose it can), we can take this as a statement about theories of human cognition, i.e. human thought processes, and, as a consequence, as a statement about descriptions of human culture. If it applies to humans then general and exact theories about humans and their culture are impossible.

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