You know how experts say you shouldn’t eat 3 or 4 hours before going to bed? But then I eat and half an hour later I’m ready to snooze. Has that ever happened with you?
I’ve been thinking on the subject of creativity and the fact that creative people do have a talent for thinking outside the box. Then I ran into an article on a proposed rearrangement of the dinosaur family tree. The proposal came from a grad student who’d found a few discrepancies in the accepted family tree, did a little research, and devised a new one. Paleontologists are looking at his proposal and finding things to like about it. His work is good enough and makes enough sense paleontology will most likely adopt it and textbooks will need to be revised. And here you thought science is about answering questions, not questioning answers.
How does this apply to you?
Consider how things are changing, how matters we once thought were settled really aren’t. Tasks we were once sure couldn’t be automated have been automated. Things we once thought as impossible have been proven possible. But we continue to insist that the world must continue to be as we have insisted that it be.
In the special issue of Scientific American Mind on creativity — do a search on it, your fingers ain’t broken — one article noted that some companies are teaching creativity to their employees. Part of being creative is thinking outside the box. That is, considering possibilities established authorities insist you can’t consider. So here’s my point; you can learn to think outside the box.
Why would you want to? To get out of your rut. Things are changing, you’re going to need to adapt to them and to do that you’re going to need to be able to think outside the box; to accept alternate possibilities because rejected them is counterproductive and counter-survival. It is the strange who will inherit the Earth.
If there are classes on creativity in your local schools see about signing up for one, and remember that there are no authorities on creativity. Anybody who insists that they are needs to learn how to be creative himself.
Those are my thoughts, keep in mind that I am hardly an authority on creativity or thinking outside the box, all I can ask of you is that you give this some thought.
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I’m finding it hard to wait for the singularity. It’s not that I want to see certain parties dead, it’s more that I’d like to see certain practices eliminated. Chief among them lazy and incompetent coding.
Picture the scene, a young coder brings up a project he’s been working on only to get a message reading, ”Your code has been corrected and you are now forbidden to do any further coding work. In so far as you have shown yourself incapable of understanding the need for proper grammar and sentence structure the applications you use for coding work have been uninstalled and any attempt on your part to install such apps is now forbidden.”
Imagine his reaction. Imagine the damage his raging fit is going to cause to his immediate environment. Imagine the rants that would swamp social sites and message boards. :-D
We have shown ourselves afraid to admit that we make mistakes. In part, it has to do with how others tell us that we have done wrong. In part, it comes down to the fact that we really don’t know how to take criticism, and that because we just don’t get taught how to take criticism. We are taught to view certain interactions as hostile, and that adversarial approach means we reject good advice.
What I’d like to see for WordPress and other blogging platforms is a plugin for finding and correcting plugin conflicts. That would be a huge help. Will we see it? Not as long as we encourage people to be phobic about having their mistakes pointed out. As long as we continue to insist people be afraid of instruction or advice we’re going to continue to have this problem.
Remember, you have nothing to lose but your mistakes.
I know you’re not supposed to need inspiration, but I find I work best with inspiration. At least to start with. It’s also said that you don’t need to worry about how you say it, just say it. If that’s the case why do we need to edit and revise?
To be honest with you how you say it is important. For we are not all that competent when it comes to expressing ourselves. All too often we don’t have the vocabulary, and what vocabulary we have we really don’t know how to use. Then there is the fact we are really not all that hot at expressing ourselves and we often find ourselves discovering better ways of saying it once we’ve said it. Watsonfinds — a plugin I recently installed — says my writing will make you said, but then I am a little disappointed in how I’m not all that hot at expressing myself. I’m a little down and I’m just not going to lie to you.
But at least my proctologist will be learning something tomorrow — an endoscope is coming up — which means possibly good things. One, I hope, is that my bleeding colon will be dealt with. And me so healthy otherwise.
Another thing I’ve recently learned is that I need fat in my diet. I need it for the energy, energy to do things, get out of the house, and exercise. I know that lipids are not supposed to be good for you, but I’m a mutant and my secret mutant power is low cholesterol. It means whole milk instead of skim, cheese pizza, ice cream, and butter in great gobs. Don’t you hate people like me? :)
We’re not all the same and I think that is a great thing. But anyway…I’m off now to find things to write about.
BTW, now my writing is termed joyful, and I have no idea why.
Today I turn 63, which means I am now entering my 64th year of life. These days that’s nothing remarkable. To mark the day I’m dedicating myself to a few things, among these is getting some work done. That means that a couple of documents and wikis over at Dangerous Journeys are getting worked on. I will also be engaging more with G+ and Facebook and sharing with Linkedin again.
Starting this Monday I’ll be getting out of the apartment more often, for I have some medical work to be done and some books to read. The latter being the History of Magic and Experimental Science—and I’ve forgotten the author’s name, one of the problems you get with autism. I’m doing this so I’m doing something, and accomplishment helps a lot with major depression.
So, two more days until Spring, which means most of you can expect more snow in the coming weeks. Just the way it works. Hope you’re all doing well.