Posted by: Xhyra Graf | 18 January 2007

Model 10

The Paradox Balancing Model

People have long noticed how creative people and creative works tend to simultaneously embody opposites (Lewis, 2000; Shaw et al, 1994).

Creative people have been noticed to pursue and show interest in opposites as well. Jansian thinking has been suggested as the name of this trait–the ability to simultaneously embody opposites. Creative people seek out anomalies, errors, paradoxes, and contradictions. They perk up and show excitement at what frustrates and irritates the rest of us. When something that should have worked fails to work, creative people wake up and launch themselves with real curiosity to track down the cause. The unexpected has an inviting aspect to them. This is a featurerepeated on many different size scales.

The paradox balancing models suggest that creativity is nearly always the combining of opposites. Einstein by making a speed absolute (the speed of light in a vacuum) made time and space, energy and mass, gravity and momentum relative. Old paradoxes get resolved by new paradoxes.

The paradox before Einstein was that movement through “ether” had no effect on light’s speed in a vacuum. The paradox after Einstein was that ether, and hence, absolute time and space, did not exist, being replaced by space-time, energy-mass, and gravity-momentum contiuua where movement through space affected time, energy became mass, and gravity became momentum. That is why some creationsare so difficult to accept–they resolve one paradox but by creating a new one.



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