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Watch this please. This is possibly one of my favorite TEDtalks, it's amazing. So watch it and tell me what you think?

I found one person who had posted in the comment section of youtube: "um yes.
i like it when ppl thnk they are creative when they make music. music is just sequenced noise. vibrating patterns. every note has been played before, you dont create anything when you make music. you arrange noise that already exists"

By that argument, creativity does not exist! Who is he/she to say that. Some one must have come up with the first musical sequence and we are (true) essentially tweaking it repeatedly but it is almost impossibly not to create something along the way. If some one has already created something, but you did not know they created it and made an exact replica yourself does that drain all creativity? Certainly not, it is still a device of your own mind. (Eh, I'm not a big fan of the word device here). Anyways, I totally disagree with her/his argument because by extension nothing was created (that is to say 'creativness' does not exist) except the "ultimate creation" and even that perhaps wasn't really creation in his/her eyes.

Let us look at the evolution of music shall we? Evolution period really-- it denotes change and a certain creativity in my opinion. The constant moving forward needs a bit of creativity. Any person who defeats a new virus is creative for no virus is defeated in the same way. By his/her  argument even technology is not creative for it's source metals and elements have always existed so humans creating the first hammer even is completely irrelevant. What this person fails to see is that it is not the actual invention of material that denotes creativity but the way we use it.
Then again how can one truly define something as abstract as creativity? Everyone claims that they are not creative; yet, I see people doing things I personally would never think of simply because that is not the way I think. ( Wow, he just said that in the video a little bit after I typed that--I'm rewatching it now. How ironic.) In my eyes that is creative but to them it is perfectly normal to use physics to create a better withstanding bridge or write a new story or compose music or find a cure. I look at these people in awe, I could never in my wildest dreams imagine myself doing this but I still believe I am creative in my own way. Everyone is unique, this is true, how can it not be? True, we may share some things with some people and others with others but no one has a complete compilation of all of our traits in all of history. (I'm pretty sure I've said that before...haven't I?)

Does that make sense? I don't know, I'm rather tired right now but it helps me to ramble like this.

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
-Mark Twain

Oooh and before I forget...I believe it's writingalullaby  's birthday! Happy Birthday!!

I'm horribly with birthdays and the sort, so, um sorry but I hope it's amazing!


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instantchaos
Apr. 26th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting.
I know, sometimes, I think, we wish to have some one to understand us completely but that person would have to be us. O.o I'd be weirded out!
I completely agree, creativity doesn't need a solid definition because then it wouldn't be...well creative. ;)
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