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Creativity & Art: What Is Good Enough?

Creativity & Art: What Is Good Enough?

Creativity & Art: What Is Good Enough?   Am I good enough? What can mathematics teach us? In  our last blog post we briefly discussed Herbert Simon, a remarkable Nobel Prize winning economist who came up with the idea (obvious in retrospect, like almost all good ideas) of ‘bounded rationality.’  What that means is that we are continually making decisions with limited information and limited ability to analyze that information. This seeming limitation on our decision making capability...

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Creativity, The Adjacent Possible & Existential Yoga

Creativity, The Adjacent Possible & Existential Yoga

  Creativity, The Adjacent Possible & Existential Yoga   What does creativity have to do with the adjacent possible and existential yoga? What does it have to do with economics and ecological systems for that matter? Is it possible to be too smart for your own good? Too smart to be creative, too smart to be prosperous, too smart to be happy? Shouldn’t it be the more, the better? To delve into this question, we start in the dusty halls of economic academia, though we will bust out...

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Creativity & The Sweet Spot In Art & Science

Creativity & The Sweet Spot In Art & Science

Creativity & The Sweet Spot In Art & Science The following blog post is constructed from conversations between myself and my partner, Dr. Bruce Sawhill, Stanford educated theoretical physicist and mathematician. Once upon a time, we wrote a blog post about The Goldilocks Zone and how biological life and creativity both thrive in a sweet spot. Later, we wrote about the continuum between TV snow on one hand and the ticking of a metronome on the other exemplifying the spectrum between...

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Invisible Forces & The Challenge Of Creativity

Invisible Forces & The Challenge Of Creativity

Invisible Forces & The Challenge Of Creativity The following blog post is constructed from conversations between myself and my partner, Dr. Bruce Sawhill, Stanford educated theoretical physicist and mathematician. When one hears the term force field, one tends to think of science fiction and spaceships, perhaps  a device used by the jut-jawed captain of a gleaming starship to defend against the repugnant reptilian aliens who are seeking to enslave or eat the pure and righteous crew.  But...

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Creativity: Risk & Discovery

Creativity: Risk & Discovery

  The following blog post is constructed from conversations between myself and my partner, Dr. Bruce Sawhill, Stanford educated theoretical physicist and mathematician. In last week’s blog post we reflected on the nature of luck and whether or not luck could be influenced or “engineered.” We came to the conclusion that luck and creativity had deep common underpinnings, namely their attitudes towards the unknown and the unknown unknown. In particular, it's important to: Treat the unknown...

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Creativity, Luck & The Unknown Unknown

Creativity, Luck & The Unknown Unknown

Creativity, Luck & The Unknown Unknown The following blog post is constructed from conversations between myself and my partner, Dr. Bruce Sawhill, Stanford educated theoretical physicist and mathematician. A week and a half ago, Bruce was swimming with two friends in the ocean here in Northern California, putting in thousands of yards (meters) through the chilly gray-green water. They usually swim in the pool, but since all of the pools are closed on account of COVID-19, they have been...

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Creativity, Chaos Theory & The Space Between The Notes

Creativity, Chaos Theory & The Space Between The Notes

  Creativity, Chaos Theory & The Space Between The Notes The following blog post is constructed from conversations between myself and my partner, Dr. Bruce Sawhill, Stanford educated theoretical physicist and mathematician. Every day we fall asleep and wake up to a strange calm. A calm created by the absence of the familiar. Even awake the world feels half asleep, a dreamlike flow of small and quiet motions- no appointments to go to, urgencies dulled, all interactions mediated by...

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Creativity, Combinatorics and Patterns Of Possibility

Creativity, Combinatorics and Patterns Of Possibility

  The following blog post is constructed from conversations between myself and my partner, Dr. Bruce Sawhill, Stanford educated theoretical physicist and mathematician. Creativity, Combinatorics and Patterns of Possibility There are certain concepts in mathematics that are beguilingly simple, easily accessible, and amazingly general. One of these is combinatorics. It is the study of counting patterns. It is the answer to the question, “How many different patterns can I make with these...

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Creative Intelligence: Real & Artificial

Creative Intelligence: Real & Artificial

Creative Intelligence: Real & Artificial The following blog post is constructed from conversations between myself and my partner, Dr. Bruce Sawhill, Stanford educated theoretical physicist and mathematician.   You can watch the video by clicking on the arrow above or read the post below. Our team at The Artist's Journey® continually seeks to refine our offerings of abstract painting and creativity courses and workshops while simultaneously making things run smoothly. To this end, we...

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Creativity & The Problem Of Perfection

Creativity & The Problem Of Perfection

  The following blog post is constructed from conversations between myself and my partner, Dr. Bruce Sawhill, Stanford educated theoretical physicist and mathematician. Creativity and the Problem with Perfection On February 8, 2020 while COVID-19 was evidently already stealthily spreading through our communities, we wrote about Goldilocks and optimization and what it means to be just right.   The world was definitely not just right, only we didn’t know it yet. There was a huge and...

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Nancy believes that your most astonishing work comes from deep exploration and experimentation. She encourages you to find the nascent, unexpressed parts of yourself, give voice to your subconscious experiences, and finally express YOU in your art and life.