Bohm On Creativity

 

I bought this book yesterday at Foyle’s bookshop charing x road. I really like that bookshop by the way, really extensive back catalogue. 
I started reading the book last night and only managed to get through the foreword which seemed more difficult to understand than the actual text.
I wrote down words that I didn’t know of in my moleskin notepad only to learn something new so that next time I read or write I might understand and use those big words. I encountered words such as: 

  • denominator
  • anthropomorphic
  • repository
  • ignoble
  • eschews
  • dichotomies
  • intrinsic
  • affinity
  • perennial
  • encavates
  • paradigm
  • torpor
  • endemic
  • epistemic
  • implicit
  • acclimation
  • anomaly
  • inenomble?
  • vaporous
  • epherneral ?
  • impetus 
  • discern
  • contravening
  • sleight
  • dissipation
  • relinquishment
  • discernment
  • protege


I will look up these words soon… 
The introduction told me who Bohm was and a bit about creativity from a philosophical viewpoint. I think that I must look at creativity from a philosophical point of view to get an in depth understanding of what it actually is.
The introduction written by physicist ‘Leroy Little Bear’ who read and was inspired by Wholeness and the implicate order by David Bohm in the mid-late 80’s talks about comparison of creativity and perception from a native american point of view as he worked and knew a group of them. 
Leroy Little Bear writes about how speaking both English and Blackfoot (which is his native language) can send you down different thinking pathways. He met Mr.Bohm and they acknowledged that Bigfoot as a language is very different than English and how that affects the thinking in a very distinct way. For example, a good Blackfoot* speaker can say the verb ‘to go’ in calculated: 356,200 different ways in Navajo. The words created are likened to sounds from a periodic table which can be combined in different ways to express oneself. That is a proof of how another language can be more creative as such, which is unaccessible for us to truly grasp as we are fostered with european language.
English and european language does divide the thinking in a way of thinking which is judging things all the time, leaving less space for freedom of thinking and creativity. We think often in good/bad, black/white, absolute/relative, either/or which gives us thought patterns that are logic, square and steers perception towards mechanical reflexivity. 
Blackfoot* philosophy is about constant motion, constant flux, all creation consisting of energy waves, the essence of life being movement. How everything is connected, as our scientific world view could be said to be today (atoms)
European language stresses syntax (ordering of words in a sentence) Blackfoot stresses morphology (the way individual words are constructed) A language like Blackfoot* is all about process and action! 
Furthermore is also spoken about how science and art can and are connected in the way that what drives the scientist to do what he does is to find something profoundly beautiful just as the artist. The scientist has taken belief in some rules and does from that point on work to find answers, an order perhaps prediction. But ultimately feeling that he or she has gained knowledge and discovered something that was previously unknown.