Friday, January 16, 2009
Creativity: ‘The leap across a chasm not bridgeable by reason’ The Art Off Looking Sideways
St Thomas (a religious and philosophical dude that seems to have been on top of his game in the 1200's) distinguished between two ways of apprehending the truth of things. One is Intellect and the other Reason.
Reason is how man draws the outer world into his experience to understand it. Reason works by stages; it starts from the outside with our perceptions of the material world. These perceptions lead us to form pictures, and theses in turn, can be raw material for understanding.
Intellect recognises directly the true nature of things by a single leap into the dark.
We are constantly taught to reason at the expense of being creative. Creativity would improve our Intellect. Something so clearly lacking out there.