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So how about creativity in 2017? (07/01/17 21:51:11) Reply
    The know-it-alls who no longer are in the position to dictate my official opinions speak highly of creativity as as long as it is safely deposited with others or effectively walled-off. In the near area it is just frightening. But what is it?

    One sort of creativeness is a craziness - with ideas so far off that men in white coats and with restraining tools (straitjacket or drugs) can come and fetch at any time if arguments become heated. So it is easily dealt with.

    The other one is rational. To be creative within a rational system one has to know the system. One has to know what already exists - in order to know that it is new, either entirely or by the components or methods used to create it. So the creative person embarrasses the weak boss.

    The easiest way for a boss to cope is plain denial

    Spinoza was targeted by a hitman, but survived. Tesla had his laboratory burned down. Lavoisier was guillotined. Korolev went to Kolyma.

    Are you creative? Lie low.
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Craziness vs genius (extraordinary intellectual and creative power) (08/01/17 07:45:20) Reply
    Solid rationality may be labelled as craziness by those wishing to defend the existing order. So the environment of established institutions or companies may be deeply hostile towards really new thoughts. Various sorts of censorship may apply. If the creativeness takes the form of political uttering, the punishments may become dangerous to the mental or physical health. It may be shitstorms on Twitter, career limitations, forced psychiatric treatment, imprisonment or murder - depending on time and place. So don't go public unless you and your family are willing and able to cope with the penalties.

    In this context it is enlightening to reread the

    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11870

    XXXII. THE COUNTRY OF THE BLIND

    In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is crazy. No way will he be king.
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Creativeness vs political opposition (08/01/17 09:37:26) Reply
    Sometimes they can be combined. Or, restated: How could tools be created to serve political (or moral) purposes?

    There might be something to learn about this from the story of Ralph Abernathy - a US civil rights activist - and close collaborator and successor of Martin Luther King. (The Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Abernathy
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Re: Craziness vs genius (extraordinary intellectual and creative power) (08/01/17 17:51:41) Reply
    "Really new thoughts", brandished by liberal baby boomers since 1968 bring us all, currently still alive, into terrible ultimate collapse vortex.

    Where is el tata Augusto and his kindhearted magic helicopter crews to help us to clean the progressivist stables a bit...
neo-whatever

Re: Re: Craziness vs genius (extraordinary intellectual and creative power) (08/01/17 18:40:53) Reply
    Hmmm.
    Reagan and Thatcher - pre-baby-boomers - gave us the financial crises and the downsizing of industries. George W Bush, the baby-boomer (b 1946) gave us the Iraq war. Is Trump (b 1946) the baby-boomer who will set things right? Or is it Angela Merkel (b 1954) or Vladimir Putin (b 1952)? Or Marine Le Pen (b 1968)?

    Been reading up on photovoltaics recently? Much better than fences.
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Re: Re: Re: Craziness vs genius (extraordinary intellectual and creative power) (09/01/17 03:00:55) Reply
    Ronnie - movie actor, good guy. Maggie (G-d rest her soul) - trained chemist (CHEMIST!) and libertarian, who, among many other useful things, handed their marxist-leninist asses to would-be "revolutionaries" coal miners back in 80-s, privatized the economy and provided her fellow britons with another ~20 years of prosperity and peace. The rest that you've named are joke, good guys/gals at best. Putin? "Russian" pretender, genetic Veps otherwise, alpha-malish, masculine placeholder for something that is going to replace modern day Russia civilizationally.

    Photovoltaics (discarding slave chinese labor and CN- | CID 5975 involvement) and Wind - what about their EROEI and actual electricity storage infrastructure in place? IMHO, good stuff, but 25 years too damn late...

    Everything good and positively technological, that is going to happen, is going to happen after the next Greatest War, unfortunatly (no thanks to you, idealistic and gullible baby boomers, who brought us into it).

    P.S. Fences will happen, localism(s) will happen, unimaginable sufferings will happen for the next ~15 years or so - until next Rennaissance comes again in early to mid-2030th, for those who are lucky enough to be alive and able-(minded)bodied at that spiritually golden time.
neo-whatever

Baby booms (09/01/17 07:01:14) Reply
    I think it is time to look more critically at the term "baby boom". The presently most urgent problems seem connected to the fact that there are and have been baby booms in countries that cannot sustain enlargements of their populations or utilise their young talent. And there is no remedy in sight as long as religion is almost all-powerful in fertility matters. Go and fill the earth, as God is reported to have said. Well - now the earth is full.

    7 billion? When I was young, we were 3 billion. Norway was 3.5 million. Now there are 5 million. How was it with Syria? 5 million in 1960. 23 million in 2013. Pakistan 46 million in 1960, 182 million in 2013. No wonder people want to get away at almost any risk.
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Re: Baby booms (10/01/17 18:18:30) Reply
    Mass emigration seems to be increasingly difficult. As long as contraception is forbidden, unavailable or unaffordable, the future is bound to be dominated by famine, epidemics or wars. The scare about vaccination might help, though, by keeping up infant mortality.

    There is an obvious business idea for the brave.
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Re: So how about creativity in 2017? (11/01/17 11:09:32) Reply
    Because creativity always creates risks or losses to the establishment, the establishment keeps it under tight control. We have seen it in history, and we see it now, with all the time tighter controls with the universities. Who gets the money in public universities? It's the state-and-bureaucracy-approved institutions with their peer-reviewed projects.

    And then: Where can a person be valuably creative? The easy answer is: At the border or one's competence. Inside of established fields one can be almost certain that someone has done it before.

    I have seen professors reading textbooks for ideas. Need I say more?
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Re: Re: So how about creativity in 2017? (30/01/17 21:29:54) Reply
    "So how about creativity in 2017"

    Happy new year to everyone

    I read and reread this book back in 2004, I really liked it, it didnt make sense to me but then but just the idea was captivating. These techniques do work but they take some practice, and not just theoretical also practical application to really appreciate them

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lateral_thinking

    https://www.google.com/search?q=lateral+thinking&hl=en&gbv=2&oq=lateral+thinking&gs_l=heirloom-serp.3..0l2j0i131j0l7.194277.203733.0.204439.24.17.0.2.2.0.312.1948.2-5j2.7.0....0...1ac.1.34.heirloom-serp..15.9.1958.rRFXrcf3Oes
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Re: Re: Re: So how about creativity in 2017? (30/01/17 21:36:40) Reply
    I would like to believe that the only way I found this place is through the use of these techniques, whether consciously or unconsciously
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Re: Re: Re: Re: So how about creativity in 2017? (06/02/17 16:44:16) Reply
    I used to be an avid reader of De Bono. But too much has happened since then, both to me and to the world. I think creativity has lost much of its meaning because hierarchic power has replaced expertise.

    There is nowadays a deep conflict between creative leaders and professional experts. Quite a few of those creative solutions are mere results of ignorance, laziness and unwillingness to study the existing facts. It is profoundly career-limiting to say that the emperor is strolling along with his butt bare, and it is useless to say it more discreetly. Posing, face saving, laziness and political correctness trump creativity all the time in technical places. A creative proposition coming from the wrong person will mean that the boss has not been up to the task. This is never taken lightly.

    With TV series it is easy to see that at some point the ideas are worn out. No number of "po" will flog new life into a dead horse.
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