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Creativity & The Ecology Of Creation

Creativity & The Ecology Of Creation

  Creativity & The Ecology Of Creation The following blog post is constructed from conversations between myself and my partner, Dr. Bruce Sawhill, Stanford educated theoretical physicist and mathematician. Story Interlude In 2014, Bruce and I went on a wilderness raft trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho with a group of friends. Each raft carried a map with descriptions of identifying characteristics of the river's landscape to help you navigate the unknown perils...

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Creativity, Mistakes, and the Unknown Unknown

Creativity, Mistakes, and 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. Creativity, Mistakes, and the Unknown Unknown What is a mistake? We think of a mistake as a waste, an existential tax on the living of life, something that points out our imperfections as humans. It literally means than we mistook, we interpreted or took something wrongly. A failure of understanding.   Mistakes are...

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Creativity & The Landscape Of Creative Evolution

Creativity & The Landscape Of Creative Evolution

  The following blog post is a conversation between myself and my partner, Dr. Bruce Sawhill, Stanford educated theoretical physicist and mathematician. There's a new video on Creativity & The Adjacent Possible here.   Creativity & The Landscape Of Creative Evolution Most of us understand the word monotony, especially now that we're sheltering in place and living house-bound lives. Even minor pleasures of the recent past begin to seem exotic, receding into distant memories. A...

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Creativity & The Adjacent Possible

Creativity & The Adjacent Possible

Click on the arrow above to play the video. Creativity & The Adjacent Possible Hi there, we're back with the second foundational concept for creativity, and that is the adjacent possible. This is a concept from evolutionary biology described by doctors Bruce Sawhill and Stuart Kauffman at the Santa Fe Institute. This scientific concept describes how each action you take in a dynamic and evolving environment changes not only your perspective but also the environment that you're in. It...

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Creativity & Hysteria: A Swashbuckling Tale Of Tiny Pirates

Creativity & Hysteria: A Swashbuckling Tale Of Tiny Pirates

    The following blog post is a conversation between myself and my partner, Dr. Bruce Sawhill, Stanford educated theoretical physicist and mathematician. There's a new video of the first installment of this series on Creativity & Covid19 here.   Creativity & Hysteria: A Swashbuckling Tale Of Tiny Pirates These are strange times. A seemingly innocent single strand of RNA encapsulated in a protein shell, turns out to be an undercover psychopath. It's like a diabolical and sour...

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Life, Death & The Nature Of Creativity In The Time Of COVID-19

Life, Death & The Nature Of Creativity In The Time Of COVID-19

  The following blog post is a conversation between myself and my partner, Dr. Bruce Sawhill, Stanford educated theoretical physicist and mathematician. Because this post is intense at times, we added a bit of Gilbert & Sullivan for levity. There's a new video of last week's blog post here.  Life, Death & The Nature Of Creativity In The Time Of COVID-19 Here in Northern California, COVID-19 has changed life dramatically, more so than in the rest of the USA. At the time we began...

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Creativity & The Unconscious In The Time Of COVID-19

Creativity & The Unconscious In The Time Of COVID-19

  Creativity & The Unconscious In The Time Of COVID-19 The following blog post is a conversation between myself and my partner, Dr. Bruce Sawhill, Stanford educated theoretical physicist and mathematician. On this fifteenth day of March, 2020 we observe the Ides of March. In 44 B.C. the assassination of Julius Caesar precipitated a turning point in Roman history. Two thousand years later, we may be at another turning point in history.   The world is now...

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Creativity & Stepping Into The Unknown

Creativity & Stepping Into The Unknown

  Creativity & Stepping Into The Unknown In these times of uncertainty, art lights the way. I was honored to be interviewed by Rachel Rose of The Artful Soul series where we talked about creativity and the Unknown. Rachel has an entire series of lectures on art and healing.   We're continually evolving as artists, creators and people. Part of this is allowing the new, uncomfortable, awkward, unfamiliar, the "ugly", the Unknown....to emerge and to give it space to breathe, to be,...

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Creativity, Yogi Berra & The Nature Of Existence

Creativity, Yogi Berra & The Nature Of Existence

If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be. Yogi Berra   Philosophy is where you find it. The Story Of Three Umpires There's an urban legend around the American sport of baseball that has not only to do with perception and subjectivity, but about the very nature of reality itself. It goes back at least a century. It is known as the story or joke about three umpires, and it describes a conversation between three referees and how they judge actions in the game of baseball. The first umpire...

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Creativity: Simplicity, Constraint & Occam’s Razor

Creativity: Simplicity, Constraint & Occam’s Razor

Creativity: Simplicity, Constraint & Occam's Razor Back in the time of Dante, an English Franciscan friar named William of Ockham (1287–1347) invented the ‘lex parsimoniae” , a problem-solving principle that states, It is futile to do with more things that which can be done with fewer. Occam's Razor This is also known as “Occam’s razor”, presumably to cut away unnecessary complication. In earlier blog posts we discussed the power of decision in the creative process (you can read about this...

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FREE WORKSHOP: The #1 Secret to Creating Authentic Abstract Paintings You Love!

You question your talent, and painting becomes arduous and painful. You feel lost, wanting to express yourself but not knowing how. But when you learn the #1 secret to creating authentic abstract paintings, it all changes. Finally, you're able to paint with joy and create art you love.

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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.