EXTROPIC ART: The Importance of Creativity

Natasha V. Mor (flexeon@primenet.com)
Thu, 27 Feb 1997 20:17:18 -0700 (MST)

Creativity is often looked upon as a mysterious magical quality of artists.
Yet, the word creativity covers a wide range of skills. For example, Do Bono

"A few people, a very few people, now know that there is an absolute
mathematical necessity for human creativity because of the way human
perception works as a self-organiziang information system. Such systems
demand creativity and also provocation."

and, more:

"... These systems are patterning systems. They make and use patterns.
>From an analysis of the behavior and potential behavior in such system we
can get a very clear idea of the nature of creativity. All at once the
mystique of creativity falls away. We can see how creativity works. We can
also see how we might devise techniques to increase the possibility of new
ideas. In a sense we come to look at the "logic" of creativity. ... No leap
of faith or mystical acceptance is required. There is no mysterious black
box labeled, 'in here it all happens.'"

Learning how to be creative require an ability to train thought patterns to
take new routes. Conjecture helps us to seek new paths. Just as conceptual
art produced great thought, but little end product; imagining is a great
training field for ideas, as long as we don't get caught up in the very

Taking it a step further, we can add to the concept of "serious" creativity
and give it more spin. Perhaps the earnest use of creativity could be a
panacea for our extropic achievements. Just point to your head and say, "In
here it all happens!"

Natasha Vita More [f/k/a Nancie Clark]
Extropic Art Manifesto!: http://www.primenet.com/~flexeon/extropic.htm
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