Posted by: Xhyra Graf | 19 January 2007

Model 41

The Experience Realization Forms Model

Some people know what they see, what they feel, what they experience. Many such people are artists. Where we see a tree, they see an abstract branching process throughout the universe–rivers, trees, fingers, social networks (Flake, 2000; Dawkins, 1998; Pickover, 1995; Paz, 1995; Strasberg, 1987; Smith and Carlsson, 1990; Macauley and Lanning, 1987; Hirschfeld and Gelman, 1994; Hobbs, 1999; Junge, 1998; for practical intelligence and tacit knowledge versions of this see Lave and Wenger, 1999; Nonaka and Teece, 2001; Sternberg and Horvath, 1999; Tatsuno, 1990). Some people tap into more direct, unmediated layers of experience, thought, and perception than non-creative people do. Such people eventually try to give form to what they are experiencing. The forms that they come up with are creations.

Creation is, to these people, merely giving form to what they have already realized about what they experienced. Einstein is a good example. For him the most elemental explanations of physics, heard in schools, did not make sense. He remember keenly exactly which concepts, how, did not make sense to him. His memory of his own experiences of something not-making-sense became the basis of later imaginings of what might make sense there instead.

Though creativity in the arts most naturally talks about experience this way and giving form to it, science is just as much this type of artistic capturing of experience (only what is experienced differs).



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