#1414 - bend, break and blend
In their book, The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World, David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt affirm that the extraordinary human creativity of the human species lies in our ability to bend, break and blend everything we observe and remember, relentlessly creating new combinations. From the first men looking at a stone and seeing a tool to the last technological achievements, we've been playing with everything that captures our attention to see what else we can do with it or how we can extract its species and maybe recombine them with others. That probably explains the extraordinary success of Lego bricks.
However, I wonder if that's all that is when it comes to creativity.
If all we do is bend, break and blend, it means that whatever we create is just a recombination or variation of what already exists. And sure, the possibilities are so many that they are practically infinite, but they are not.
They also say that one of the critical activities of creative individuals or organizations is the proliferation of options. They generate countless alternatives by blending, breaking and bending, then see which one survives. That's also how nature works.
But that's also how artificial intelligence works. If all we do is use the computational power of our brains to bend, break and blend, then there's no match with machines.
I believe there's something more. Something that goes beyond the extraordinary potential of our brain.
However, a paradigm shift is needed to access that source of creativity. One that recognizes that we are more than just the most advanced biophysical machines on the planet.