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

Gaps and Extensions

Creativistic Philosophy

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We apply knowledge to interpret our perceptions, to develop our thoughts and to plan and execute actions. These activities can be viewed as processes of information processing. The application of knowledge can therefore be viewed as the execution of small programs. Each chunk of knowledge can be viewed as a program[1].

Any knowledge has a limited reach or coverage. Every piece of knowledge describes only a limited section of reality (including ourselves) and/or our possible interactions with it. Put another way: each bit of knowledge has blind spots. And at any time, the descriptions provided by all those chunks of knowledge together have gaps and other anomalies (like errors and vagueness). No finite amount of knowledge describes the world completely. To be able to “cover” the world nevertheless, despite this incompleteness, we have to creatively extend ourselves (and as a result, we cannot be described completely ourselves, so any knowledge…

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