Fandango has a really fascinating Provocative Question today and I thought I’d take a bash at exercising the ole’ cerebellum. Fandango asks:
Are there limits to human creativity? Is it be possible for humans to create something completely novel and new that is based on nothing that previously existed? Or is human creativity just rearranging and building on previous ideas?
Wow! That’s a good one. Let me think, when was the last time something truly original came along? On the one hand, yes, we are all just dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants (Issac Newton). Most stories, art, music is all based on something that has come before inspired by and built from previous ideas. But, let me emphasize the word “MOST.”
It boils down to the semantics of “originality” and “authenticity.” If all that currently exists is all that will ever exist then there is no such thing as creativity. This does not discount the existence of “authenticity.” Is the discovery of a formerly unknown star less significant because the star already existed? What about birth as an act of creativity? (and yes, I’m talking human birth). A child is created from the combined DNA of it’s parents but is a completely new and unique being. Ultimately much more than the sum of it’s parts.
Do I believe that there are limits to human creativity? No, absolutely not. The human brain is capable of soooo much more than we know. Unfortunately, most genuine original creative thought is written off as insanity or some such thing; discounted by little minds that cannot follow the thought process.
OK enough cerebral activity for today — off to make some Halloween cookies. </:-)
Til next time ~Peace ~JPP