Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Madness and Creativity

31 comments:

  1. Are you depressed right now, FJ?

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    I saw on Thersites blog something about frustration at not taking the wager....

    :-(

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  2. I take medication for depression, but I wouldn't classify myself as "depressed" at the moment... although if I'm going to hit a "manic" phase it will likely start around 4/1... as I need more "sunlight" to reset my circadian clock.

    The post on the Thersites blog has been more in response to Nicrap's inquiey into the nature of artistic creativity.

    I only watched the 1st half of this video so far, but I do think that the emotionality/criticality and intuitive/open mindedness relationship correspond fairly closely with my personal "theory of mind" (septal nuclei/amygdalic interactions w/hypothalmus). Eros v. Thanatos.

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  3. I take medication for depression, but I wouldn't classify myself as "depressed" at the moment... although if I'm going to hit a "manic" phase it will likely start around 4/1... as I need more "sunlight" to reset my circadian clock.
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    I'm glad you're not feeling depressed.



    The post on the Thersites blog has been more in response to Nicrap's inquiey into the nature of artistic creativity.
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    Yes, I could tell. It seemed to me that you were regretful, which is why I asked about depression.




    The video is good so far, thanks for posting it.

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  4. Regretful? Yes... that beauty becomes still-borne through the artists non-execution of his work and is lost to the rest of us.

    And glad you're liking it. I posted it more for myself than others, as the conversation has shifted to forms of "madness" as epistemologies... ;)

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  5. Regretful? Yes... that beauty becomes still-borne through the artists non-execution of his work and is lost to the rest of us.
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    I don't believe in a life without regrets, but....have I missed something?
    Are your hands gnarled? Are you bed-ridden? Have you not money for supplies? (sarcasm)
    And if you are still given the chance, will you create NOW? Or, maybe you are...

    I enjoy your creations, for what it's worth.

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  6. What makes you think I'm NOT creating NOW?

    I try and follow Socrate's advice from his "Phaedrus" in all my work.

    from the Jowett summary

    The husbandman will not seriously incline to sow his seed in such a hot-bed or garden of Adonis; he will rather sow in the natural soil of the human soul which has depth of earth; and he will anticipate the inner growth of the mind, by writing only, if at all, as a remedy against old age. The natural process will be far nobler, and will bring forth fruit in the minds of others as well as in his own.

    But then this isn't really "writing" is it? Thanks to the internet, we're having a dialectic of sorts. ;)

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  7. I consider my "work" to converse and interact with others around me. No more. No less.

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  8. Socrate's was Athen's "gadfly". I'm an internet one.

    Careful, Io. As you know, I can (and do) bite. ;)

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  9. I enjoy your creations, for what it's worth.

    ...and I, yours. :)

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  10. ...Io should be celebrating for what it's worth ;) ... since two of her descendants, Cadmus and Danaus, would start two of the most important Greek dynasties: Theben and Danaan.

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  11. Much like anti-Procrustes, I see my blogs as both oyster beds and altars to Nereus. ;_

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  12. ...yes, the shape-shifter. :)

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  13. Nietzsche, "Zarathustra" (the Dance Song)

    Of late did I gaze into thine eye, O Life! And into the unfathomable did I there seem to sink.
    But thou pulledst me out with a golden angle; derisively didst thou laugh when I called thee unfathomable.
    "Such is the language of all fish," saidst thou; "what they do not fathom is unfathomable.
    But changeable am I only, and wild, and altogether a woman, and no virtuous one:
    Though I be called by you men the 'profound one,' or the 'faithful one,' 'the eternal one,' 'the mysterious one.'
    But ye men endow us always with your own virtues- alas, ye virtuous ones!"
    Thus did she laugh, the unbelievable one; but never do I believe her and her laughter, when she speaketh evil of herself.

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  14. Perhaps your right. The "workable world" is the more preferable.

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  15. ... although there is "generation from opposites."

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  16. ..."work"-able, I should have said. :)

    ...re dance-song.

    ...call her Baubo. :)

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  17. ...but Baubo is perhaps the original model. Thanks for that. :)

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  18. On "workable worlds"

    "People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    A far cry from "Heart of Darkness".

    :)

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  19. What makes you think I'm NOT creating NOW?
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    I enjoy your creations, for what it's worth.
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    I can tell that you are creating HERE, NOW. It seemed to me that you were regretting some other unbirthed creation.

    ...just guessing on that one.



    And hey, don't bite, because I'll put up flypaper all over the place if you do! ;-)

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  20. lol! :)

    ps - And no, no regrets.

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  21. The ability to be doing what you love... who could ask for more?

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  22. ...it's all about staying on the "good" side of the grass.

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  23. ...whether it "makes sense" or not.


    Regarding madness...a friend recently told me that I was (am) eccentric, and that society determines where the line between eccentricity and madness is drawn. Plus, you must consider if you continue to function in the midst of the creative/madness, i.e. do the daily chores.

    I didn't know how to take that information. I've never considered myself eccentric. I just always knew that I didn't want to be bored/boring.

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  24. I just always knew that I didn't want to be bored/boring.<

    Amen!

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  25. "green"....
    ::rolls eyes::
    :-)

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  26. I think that the IMF should one day switch from dollars to endorphs as its' primary form of renumeration.

    Put Paypal right out of business. :)

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