Dimensions of Creativity

“Creativity may be our Last Line of Defense” is the title of Gary Gauthier’s intriguing and well-written post that appeared on Sonia Medeiros’ blog this past Friday. For me, Gauthier’s consideration of creativity as our last defense in an increasingly technological world of  decreasing human tasks was not only sobering but a bit of a surprise. I realized I had only considered creativity from the human perspective. What about other dimensions?

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Like Gauthier, I was quite taken with the performance of Watson, the IBM computer, on Jeopardy!  last Valentine’s Day. While some of Watson’s responses proved that human nuance is still a bit beyond a computer’s creativity, Watson won the knowledge rounds speedily and decisively.

I do not fear human or literary Watsons, I believe in them.

Gauthier also cited technology capable of creating journalism articles once “the facts” are provided. There are software programs for creating screenplays, novels, and probably just about any kind of writing for there is nothing new under the sun, which we’ve known at least since Ecclesiastes, probably before.

Time is relative and maybe so is creativity.

Until the 21stcentury, creativity has been a human component; truthfully, we don’t completely comprehend any dimension–yet. We’re not even completely convinced how our own human parts work but we know the sum of us is quite amazing. So, when it comes to creativity in technology, are we trying to simulate/emulate being human or are we vying for being perfect, which some would argue we already are.

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What constitutes creativity? Is it the life force that animates a neutrino or a gnat as easily as a human? There is an argument that the life force in any dimension fights for every possible moment of existence, which seems pretty perfect already, creative even.

As for what creativity may mean for the 21st century, I came across this quote from Gregg Braden, a computer geologist who writes about the relationship between science and spirituality:

“For those who can embrace the learning curve of our past without judgment, the future becomes the palate for new industry, new jobs, new forms of expression, and new communities based upon sustainable ways of thinking, living, and being in our world” (Gregg Braden, Letter to the Community).

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For me, the source of all being is in matter and anti-matter; is in Einstein’s quantum entanglement of “spooky action at a distance”; is in Edgar Allan Poe’s sentient story, “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Maybe creativity is less a line of defense and more a bridge between humanity and all that is not.

Rhythm of ROW80 Sunday Scheduling:

The 30-minute writing stretches have improved the quality and number of  “words I keep.” The exercise provides a way to think through material for blog posts as well as novel scenes. In short, it’s creating much needed distance from the initial excitement of writing.

This week, I start writing the concept of my already drafted novel based upon Larry Brooks’ Story Engineering and Kristen Lamb’s concept critique.

Doing the Tao with Dyer away from duality, perhaps

Nepo morning meditation continues

8 thoughts on “Dimensions of Creativity

  1. I can’t help myself, I keep going back to Watson, Jeopardy, knowing that Jeremy is now in the Jeopardy pool. Waiting for that call. Of course being the proud Mom, I’m pretty sure that HE could beat Watson.
    Creativity, humanity, could it be replaced by a computer, by technology? I don’t think so, because no matter how smart someone can make a machine, they can’t replace the love of a human.
    Great Blog KM!

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  2. Although it is human-instigated we have launched a form of evolution that passes the spark to potentially immortal beings that need no rest and know nothing of arthritic fingers or failing memory.

    I love the human race, but perhaps, once endowed with creativity and intuition and emotional capacity, these thinking machines will be a worthy race, even an improvement on our own.

    I wonder, will they keep us on as pets?

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    1. If we learn to love unconditionally, we may have a chance as pets. Like you, Adrian, I look to a future where the best in us is for the for best of all. As for me, I’ve got my hands full with unconditional love. Karen

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  3. I just know I love being creative and when I am not creating I feel lifeless and that my day to day is boring. Creating is my life whether it is being creative in the kitchen, writing, doodling or coloring my mandalas I just love it all!

    Peace,
    Morgan

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    1. Ah, Morgan, I so agree, and so I stay curious. Whatever sparks creativity, in any dimension, belongs to those who will peek around any corner. With all that you do so beautifully, I cannot see you having a boring day.

      Keep dancing!
      Karen

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