Truth and Possibility

Oscar Keys

What do you get when you put a Neuroscientist and a Composer together to talk about ideas?  You get some really interesting discussions.  You also get some insight into how our brains work:

Truth is not the metric that the brain cares about. It cares about possibility. And then it figures out ways to say, “Well, could I make this true?”

Too often we set ourselves on paths that we feel we need to follow in order to achieve success, in whatever form that might be.  But we constrain ourselves by thinking about what our boundaries are, what are the truths that we need to live by, when in reality, those don’t matter.

It seems heretical to state that the truth doesn’t matter when being creative, but isn’t that what being creative is all about?  Possibilities?

By limiting our creativeness to the truths, the boundaries in which we constantly surround ourselves, we are limiting the possibilities which we can achieve.  If we keep saying, “we can do this, because it’s been done before”, are we really being creative?

Isaac Newton, while paraphrasing Bernard of Chartres, said:

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

We build on the advances that others make in order to create something new.  Ask a modern person how to build the Internet and they won’t have the foggiest clue, but it happened.  Advancement after advancement, even in areas not considered related, were piled on each other until with a wave of a wand the Internet was born.  (OK, that’s kind of simplistic, but I’m trying to make a point here.)

If we limited ourselves to the truths around us we wouldn’t have nearly any of the advances that we see in front of us today.  Only by “standing on the shoulders of giants” do we see beyond the boundaries we place around ourselves and view the possibilities.

Our imagination is only limited by how far we can see, so find the tallest giant, climb on their shoulders and pull out the binoculars.  The future is now.  What are you seeing?

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