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Knowledge

Knowledge arises from our interaction with reality (including ourselves and our previous knowledge). Reality is a proteon, i.e. it cannot be described completely. So at any given time, our knowledge is incomplete. There are gaps in it, there are inconsistencies, there are errors and artefacts, there is vagueness, and there are different degrees of justification. … Continue reading

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Cylinder Seals

Cylinder seals were invented in Mesopotamia around 3500 BC. They are small cylinders, often made from stone, about one inch in length, engraved with figurative scenes or written characters, or both. They were used to roll an impression on a surface, typically clay. When the seal is rolled over a clay surface, an impression is … Continue reading

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Formal Systems and Creative Systems

Each formal system, be it an algorithm, a formal theory made up of axioms and rules of inference, a formal grammar describing a set of strings of characters, or whatever kind of formalism, is a finite length text, so it contains only a finite amount of information. So even if a very large, infinite or … Continue reading

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Explaining Creativity – A Roadmap

Originally posted on Creativistic Philosophy:
The distinctions made in my previous article seem to have left some of my readers perplexed because it is not quite clear what they are good for. Well, they are the first step of a line of thought that is difficult to put into a single blog article. Unlike scientific…

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Layers of Cognition

Originally posted on Creativistic Philosophy:
We might think of the world and ourselves as a layered system, like an onion. These layers have no fixed borders, they are just a way to orient ourselves in the matter, like a map, but looking at the matter this way might be useful. We may think of the…