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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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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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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.