Category Archives: On Creativity

On Evolutionary Logic, Or How You Can Prove That The Internal Combustion Engine Was Not Intelligently Designed

Yesterday night, while I was eating dinner and dealing with an unfortunate snafu involving my waitress’ incompetence in cashing me out, I was reading a book on dinosaurs that featured the following immensely illogical howler that is typical of the … Continue reading

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The American Civil War: A Case Study In The Ambiguity Of Creativity

What is the relationship between war and creativity?  Let’s think about this for a moment.  On the one hand, a great many inventions have resulted from our desire to slaughter each other, and the Civil War is no different.  There … Continue reading

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Niet Lullen, Zakken Vullen

In his book “Don’t Read This Book,” Dutch writer Donald Roos comments on a teacher of his who had once set up two agencies, one of them for the passion projects he actually wanted to do, and the other one … Continue reading

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What Kind Of World Do You Want?

I have commented before on the music of Five For Fighting both explicitly [1] and implicitly [2], but one of the biggest hits the singer/songwriter had was a pleasant little tune called “World” where he asked the listener “what kind … Continue reading

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Book Review: How To Fly A Horse

How To Fly A Horse:  The Secret History Of Creation, Invention, And Discovery, by Kevin Ashton In all of the books I have read so far as part of my own lit review on the subject of creativity, I have … Continue reading

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An Introduction To The On Creativity Project

For some months, a co-worker and I have been occasionally chatting in our breakroom or at a local Shari’s Restaurant or in his dining room (along with his wife) about the subject of creativity and our shared interest in it.  … Continue reading

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Imitatio Imitatio Dei In Leaf By Niggle

It is one thing to ponder the question of human beings imitating God through their creativity, but in his poignant and touching short story “Leaf By Niggle,” Tolkien manages to ponder the question of how our creations in this world … Continue reading

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Imitatio Dei In Tolkien’s On Fairy-Stories

One of the underrated writings of J.R.R. Tolkien is his critical essay “On Fairy-Stories” where he discusses why fairy stories have tremendous worth for adults.  One of the thematically important aspects of this discussion is his writing on subcreation, which … Continue reading

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The Only People Who Object To Escape Are Jailers

Earlier today (as I write this), I began reading a collection of some of the nonfiction writings of Neil Gaiman, a noted British writer of speculative fiction whose works I have to-date been unfamiliar with, although they are at least … Continue reading

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The Water Is Wide

Sometimes it is best to tell a story by going backwards, and that is what I will do today.  Recently, I and two others were asked to prepare ourselves for an offertory piece of music for Pentecost, and though we … Continue reading

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