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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

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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…

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World Views and Evolution

Originally posted on Creativistic Philosophy:
In his autobiography, the German science journalist Hoimar von Ditfurth[1] explains his views of evolutionary epistemology. He writes (p. 250): It is important to become clear about the fact that even the most primitive organism knows something about the world already. Even the protozoa […] possess such knowledge. Of course,…