Art / Cognitive Science / Computer Science / Creativity / Incompleteness / Neuroscience / Philosophy

Understanding in Hindsight

“Truth and reality in art begin at the point where the artist ceases to understand what he is doing and capable of doing …” Henri Matisse What Matisse is talking about here may be a general feature of creative processes. While they are going on, we don’t understand completely what we are doing. In the … Continue reading

Cognitive Science / Creativity / Incompleteness / Philosophy

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

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

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