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“What makes the desert beautiful,' said the little prince, 'is that somewhere it hides a well...”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

How does creativity come to us?

In this TED-talk Elizabeth Gilbert redefines the concept of genius, portraying it as a collaborative effort between the artist and a divine muse. She suggests that genius is not solely an inherent quality possessed by a select few, but rather a force that seeks willing vessels. Gilbert encourages a shift in mindset that values curiosity, openness, and collaboration with inspiration, rather than an individual's burden to constantly produce extraordinary works. By embracing the idea of a muse as an external source of inspiration, Gilbert offers a more compassionate approach to creativity, freeing artists from the weight of expectation and inviting a more inclusive and joyful creative process.


According to Douglas Hofstadter, analogy is the linchpin of human cognition, serving as a core principle that enables us to make sense of the world and recognize objects as belonging to specific categories. Analogies act as cognitive tools that facilitate our orientation in the world by allowing us to draw connections and identify similarities between objects or concepts that may initially appear unrelated.

Analogies enable us to recognize objects as being in one category by highlighting common features or attributes shared by those objects. By identifying similarities and patterns, our minds create mental frameworks or prototypes that represent a category. When encountering a new object, we then use these prototypes as reference points to determine its category membership. Analogical reasoning allows us to generalize from familiar instances to new ones, facilitating our ability to categorize and understand the world around us.

Analogies also help us navigate the complexities of the world by providing cognitive shortcuts. They allow us to draw from our past experiences and knowledge to make sense of novel situations, making connections and transferring insights from one context to another. Analogical reasoning enhances our problem-solving skills and fosters creativity by encouraging us to think outside the box and make innovative connections.

In Hofstadter's framework, analogy is the cornerstone of human cognition, enabling us to orient ourselves in the world, recognize objects as belonging to specific categories, and make sense of complex information. It is a fundamental cognitive process that underlies our ability to learn, reason, and understand the world around us.

Adam Curtis is a British documentary filmmaker known for his thought-provoking and insightful films that challenge conventional wisdom and shed light on the complex social and political issues of our time. With his unique approach to storytelling and visual style, Curtis has become a leading voice in the documentary filmmaking world.

This video essay explores the work of Adam Curtis, a filmmaker whose documentaries may not be familiar to many viewers. While his films are difficult to comprehend, in the opinion of the presenter, he is one of the most important filmmakers working today. This is due to Curtis's recognition of a problem in society that no one else seems to be talking about. He describes this problem as a strange disconnect between the desire for change and the lack of new ideas for making a better society.

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