Essentialities of Creativity LO26349

From: AM de Lange (
Date: 03/13/01

Replying to LO26330 --

Dear Organlearners,

Gavin Ritz <> writes upn my:

>> I do hope that the seven essentialities will be of value to you.

>Well in your terms I have made many connect-begets with my work.

Greetings dear Gavin,

You have also made far more connects-begets with different systems
theories than the usual system thinker. This is most evident in another
comment of of yours:

>Yes, I sometimes do experience that, most times I have
>given up, I am not so keen these days to share too much
>information. When I am called in for a consultation I don't
>even tell clients what theories or models I use. I just do the
>best I can for them under the circumstances.

Articualting their tacit knowledge prematurely will confuse the client, if
not letting them think it is showing off (see the Digestor action). We
have to pay close attention to the LRC (Law of Requisite Complexity, my
"generalisation" of Ashby's law wich concerns conly variety - otherness -
to include the other six essentialities too) so that we leave no known
learner behind.

>>You are right -- I have stopped at the fifth one (spareness)
>>trying to articulate them. With all the objections by dr Steve
>>Eskow, I began to wonder at the wisdom of trying to tell
>>what we know, but cannot tell.
>When has objections stopped you At? I have objections too,
>life is full of mental lethargy and mental blockages, is this not
>the essence of otherness.

It is not the objections self which made me stop. It is the tacit cry
behind them -- do not let our mutual learning evolve into a Faustian drama
in which some emerge and others immerge. Comments by Winfried Dressler
made me realise that I was taking a road which Goethe warned through his
epic work is not without its own failures. Goethe was capable of making
such an artistic warning because of his profound knowledge of wholeness.

Winfried's sensitivity to the Faustian drama is perhaps at the core of the
present dialogue between you and him.

>Yes, openness does seem like a joker in the pack. I was
>wondering if some of the work I am involved with is some
>sort of hindrance for openness. I think the algedonic signal
>controlled by the amygdala in the brain is a culprit here.

Its most extraodinary that in my "book" when I finish my discussion on the
seven essentialities, I do it in terms of our neurological system. I think
that openness is related to our five sensory organs while the amygdala
rather plays a role in sureness ("identity-categoricity"). But I think you
will agree with me here that by rethinking neurology in terms of these
seven essentialities, we are exploring a pristine and unknown world up to
now. Thus I would self seriously rethink your comment. Thanks for it.

>I am still pretty keen to read your comments about the last
>two essentialities.


>Has your book been published yet?

I discuss all seven in my book after I have documented how I discovered
them. But the complexity in this documentation of their discovery is
enough to throw most fellow learners into a fit ;-)

The book is on the ice for some six years now. I am afraid to publish it,
not for myself, but for what its information might do when we are still
not prepared by the LRC to handle it in a constructive manner. As I feel
now, I would happily let someone else announce that he/she has discovered
empirically that LEP also applies to the abstract world to which mind
belongs rather than claiming such fame for myself. It is for me not
important what we know, but how we use wisely that formal knowledge in our
creations. I think the principle of all wisdom is to avoid destructive
creativity (immergences and ablations) while trying to promote
constructive creativity (emergences and digestions).

I think that I have accomplished much more constructively by keeping the
"book" on ice and rather continuing with Socrates' art of midwifery -- to
help the divine within each of us to get born and grow up. Every day I get
deeper under the impression that we have to focus on the potential divine
within us rather than on "information out there". By focussing on this
divine, we may fulfill the opportunities to act graciously towards one
other. But by focussing on the "information out there", we may much easier
become like parasites which self act with the little grace of being
necessary for scavenging.

With care and best wishes


At de Lange <> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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