We should not think of creativity as some special fixed part of the mind, some special “organ”. Instead, it is the property of the mind to have no fixed form.
The human mind has the capability to move out of any fixed scheme. We can reprogram ourselves. Any aspect of the mind can change in this process, including those structures that cause this very change. At any given moment, there is a certain form of our mental processes, but we can develop out of it, so there is no fixed form if we look at the entirety of mental processes. We cannot give a complete description. It is this flexibility that enables us to adapt to new conditions and to understand arbitrary subjects. Any fixed form would instead result in limitations.
Since there is no fixed form or system in these processes, there is no guarantee we will be successful. Changing ourselves, our perceptions, our thinking processes as well as our communication therefore entails the risks of errors and misunderstandings. But these are risks worth taking. To avoid the risks completely would mean to restrict our possibilities. What distinguishes very creative from less creative individuals might not be the presence or absence of this general potential to change. It might just be boldness.
Let’s be bold!
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Related articles: the topic of this article is related to several others on this blog (see https://asifoscope.org/category/creativity/ and https://asifoscope.org/category/incompleteness/) and most articles on my other blog Creativistic Philosophy.