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On Creativity

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Creativity is fundamental to human experience. In On Creativity David Bohm, the world-renowned scientist, investigates the phenomenon from all sides: not only the creativity of invention and of imagination but also that of perception and of discovery. This is a remarkable and life-affirming book by one of the most far-sighted thinkers of modern times.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Routledge (first published 1998)
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Ginger Markley
An interesting book discussing the relationship between art and science. After reading this, I attempted (again) the quantum physics book that's been dogging me. The introduction is especially fascinating, written by a blackfoot native american covering (this guy's) philosophical interactions with Bohm regarding language and creative thinking. There could be a whole book written just about this. Anyhow, I started skimming "On Creativity" in a book store and had to buy it because I was getting a...more
This is a thoughtful series of essays which considers the nature of creativity, and the relationship between art and science. For Bohm, true creativity can only flourish when we cease to think mechanically. He identifies a trend in art and science away from symbolism towards pure paradigms which centre around relationships and the 'structure of ideas'. Much of what he writes seems like an intellectual gloss over the principles of mindfulness and 'the power of now'. Some useful references and ins...more
Always loved David Bohm's style of narration and analysis of human thinking and doing. Would also recommend his other crisp book on communication "On Dialogue" for those who want to get to the crux of the creative and collaborative machines within us.
Jose Alguacil
Sinceramente uno de los mejores libros que he leído en mi vida.
A veces denso. Siempre complejo, pero tremendamente profundo.
Bohm explora la naturaleza humana desde lo mas profundo de su esencia: la creatividad y sus contextos.
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I've only just begun this book. In the first two pages Bohm summarizes everything I have come to learn about myself in the last decade. I can't wait to see what's next...
Mitch Allen
There are some real gems in this collection of Bohm's writings on creativity and consciousness but it requires a unfair effort to uncover them.
Kick- ass book on creativity and thought. He connects thoughts and actions, emphesizing the unity of the universe and reality iteslf.
Boris Scherbakov
Pure genius, must read for anyone interested in the philosophy of science and the common threads of artistic & scientific inquiry
The book was fine. Not altogether so focused or clear.
For my grad seminar.
Everybody should take a look at this awesome book !
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“But what is [the] quality of originality? It is very hard to define or specify. Indeed, to define originality would in itself be a contradiction, since whatever action can be defined in this way must evidently henceforth be unoriginal. Perhaps, then, it will be best to hint at it obliquely and by indirection, rather than to try to assert positively what it is.

One prerequisite for originality is clearly that a person shall not be inclined to impose his preconceptions on the fact as he sees it. Rather, he must be able to learn something new, even if this means that the ideas and notions that are comfortable or dear to him may be overturned.

But the ability to learn in this way is a principle common to the whole of humanity. Thus it is well known that a child learns to walk, to talk, and to know his way around the world just by trying something out and seeing what happens, then modifying what he does (or thinks) in accordance with what has actually happened. In this way, he spends his first few years in a wonderfully creative way, discovering all sorts of things that are new to him, and this leads people to look back on childhood as a kind of lost paradise. As the child grows older, however, learning takes on a narrower meaning. In school, he learns by repetition to accumulate knowledge, so as to please the teacher and pass examinations. At work, he learns in a similar way, so as to make a living, or for some other utilitarian purpose, and not mainly for the love of the action of learning itself. So his ability to see something new and original gradually dies away. And without it there is evidently no ground from which anything can grow.”
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