Sunday, May 04, 2008
Creativity in chess
And now for something completely different.
I belief it is obvious that the road I'm following isn't leading to creativity in chess. I break down everything untill there is nothing left of the whiff of magic or romanticism that surrounds chess. I plea quilty.
Yet creativity exists. But it is a difficult subject. Science is a form of superstition that often yields splendid practical results. Yet it doesn't feel itself qualified to do statements about the realm of that what is not direct or easy perceptable in a controlable way.
Those who do feel qualified to speak about such things though, often suffer from confirmation bias and sensationalism.
Speaking about creativity I must go beyond science. My only compass is what I have experienced myself.
My main day to day weapon is logic. Logic isn't creative, it is destructive. You can't use it to determine what is true with logic, but you can use it to destruct what is not true. By consequent applyance of logic you brush away everything that is false in due time. With a little luck you are left with what is true before you die. Usually life is way too short for such slow approach, though. It is as if you are polishing a very, very dirty mirror.
One thing the mirror reflects is creative ideas. Everytime you polish the mirror and clean a little piece of it, a grain of creativity is revealed. That is the micro-creativity which is shown in this blog, for instance. Of course there is no relation in content between the act of breaking down logically and the resulting mirrored creative idea. That's why I'm often as much surprised as you about what I write, dear reader. Of course I can't write the thus revealed creative ideas on my own conto (allthough I'm inclined to do so:)
Usually I'm a very slow thinker. But in the right company I can be very ad rem. Which causes much laughter. Often the remarks I make are quite alien to me. Wow, where did that come from? In such cases it seems as if I'm tapping from a reservoir outside myself.
That is what I call real creativity.
It is not quite clear where that reservoir is located. But it is not in my personal mind. In the past I have tapped hundreds inventions from it. All of them are now existing. Invented by other people who tapped it from the same reservoir. If Margriet composes a piece, she simply listens to what is in the reservoir and writes it down.
The energies in the reservoir are quite subtle, volatile and quick. So I cannot make use of it when in my usual slow state of mind. People who are not as addicted to logic as me can dwell much easier in those places. But usually they have later a problem to talk logically and coherent about what they have seen. I'm sure DK knows what I'm talking about.
I guess there is no real difference between real creativity and micro-creativity, besides the standpoint of the observer. If your standpoint is personal, you get micro-creative ideas. If your standpoint is universal, you get real creative ideas.
Creativity in chess.
And maybe a bit of an anticlimax: it is the same in chess.
Of course there is much more to say. Feel free to do so. But I must stop now for this moment.