A New Kind of Social Science

Vladimir Dimitrov

University of Western Sydney














Chapter 12. (part)

 Magic of Creativity

When exploring the secrets of art and creativity, Rudolf Steiner wrote: "We do not create by merely imitating a model; we create by immersing ourselves in the force used by nature to form and create the human being. We shape things as nature does." (Steiner, 1998). In other words, for the Individual to create means to experience the Universal – its creative self-organizing forces and the ways they express through the Individual.

Each human being is a microcosm - a kind of fractal, in the terms of chaos theory, which mirrors the macrocosm - the universe, Of course, humans are not fractal in the same sense as in the pictures of Mandelbrot's fractals. The shape of the human ‘fractal' quite possibly differs from the shape of the 'cosmic’ fractal.  The similarity is in the ways in which the dynamics that are responsible for the creation, sustenance and destruction of everything that exists, express in equal terms at the scale of humans and at the scale of universe.

These dynamics are ubiquitous: they act through every single animated or non-animated entity. The gigantic spiral formed through the whirling motion of the galactic dynamics mirrors into similar spiral-like dynamical structures of entities existing at smaller scale levels. What unites these structures is the rhythm pulsating through each of them and sustaining their vorticity - an important holistic characteristic of their whirling motion. The larger the vorticity, the greater the self-organizing forces produced and sustained by it.

In terms of our inquiry, the urge for creativity can be understood as a self-organizing force produced and sustained by vorticity of human dynamics, although 'vorticity' and 'dynamics' here mean something other than just the characteristics of a whirling motion.

12.1 Integrity and Centeredness

Human thoughts, which are free from captivity or attachment to rigid mental patterns (such as fix-ideas, routines, standards, dogmas), can be characterized as dynamical. Human emotions, which are free from suppression or paralysis of emotional patterns like fear, hatred, pride, jealousy, can be also characterized as dynamical. Although one’s actions appear dynamical from a physical perspective, they can be stuck into monotonously repetitive patterns and thus deprived of ability to change. In short, one’s thoughts, emotions and actions are seen as dynamical, if they can move and change freely in one’ experiential space.

Vorticity implies not only intensive dynamic interactions through all kinds of positive and negative feedbacks, but also centeredness of these interactions; if there is no centre, no rotative or spiral motion is possible. Applied to the dynamism of human thoughts, emotions and actions, vorticity means the following: (i) the thoughts, emotions and actions not only move and change, but also interact and through these interactions mutually affect their intensities and orientation; (ii) while interacting in the experiential space of a specific individual, the thoughts, emotions and actions remain jointly connected to a common centre, which is responsible for their integrity.

The second condition is crucial for emergence of a creative urge out of vorticity of individual dynamics; they must be centred. What needs to be emphasized is that the centre must be in the experiential space of the individual. At first sight, this condition appears as a trivial one; is it possible for the centre not to be in the same experiential space where the thoughts, emotions and actions emerge, sustain and evolve? It is not only possible; it is a common practice. 

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