10 — Inside the Creative Mind: Metaphor

December 13, 2017 — How does a new idea arise in the mind? Is this something Artificial Intelligence can achieve? Can a complex logical system recreate the human act of creativity? What approach to knowledge ushered in the Renaissance and modern science?

We will use the concept of metaphor to better understand just what it is to make a discovery.


  1. Can a great poem be translated into prose? Try it out with one of your favorite Shakespeare sonnet or other short poem (examples: sonnets 12, 15, 23, 25, 29).

  2. Does the poem convey anything that the prose does not?

  3. What role does metaphor play in the physical economic process?

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  • Gregory Unger
    commented 2017-12-13 20:36:46 -0500
    How can a Catholic continue to be faithful while rejecting the concept of Original Sin? It seems like the philosophy you’re describing ignores the corruptibility of man and presages a kind of prideful march into disaster. This echoes your description of the Middle Ages as the Dark Ages; I have a friend who is a huge booster of the Medieval and holds that it was a high point in Western civilisation in terms of social cohesion and the beauty of faith. How much of the Church is a Catholic expected to shatter apart? Why have a Church at all if the Catechism is so flawed?
  • Gregory Unger
    commented 2017-12-13 20:11:01 -0500
    1) Is relative time a continuous or a discrete manifold?

    2) What is the simplest example of a genuine human discovery rather than merely a human “uncovery” of something that was laying in wait for man to dig up?
  • Martin Kaiser
    commented 2017-11-06 11:15:01 -0500
    Concerning the fifth class:

    Trying to answer Jasons’s request to formulate insights gotten trough the class, I got more quesitons as:
    a)Lyn writes in " On Larouche Dicovery..(August,11th, 2017 p.54) on the 5th point of conjoinig concepts about Riemanns’s treatment of the metrical paradoxical features fo the continous manifold.
    What are these? What kind of idea should I get about these?

    b) In what relation stand Riemann’s conceptions to the constraints of the negentropic economic process, which Lyn discusses f.i. in "The Science of Physical Economy as the Platnonic Epistemological Basis…. ( June 6th, 2017 p 64) such as decreasing the working yeas per capita or increasing increasing capital intensity?
    Thanks Martin ( [email protected])

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