Creating With Our Experience

the art of creating our experience

John Brockman is the founder and publisher of the online science salon and the editor of books of ideas from thinkers at the leading edge of our creative exploration.

The edge question posed to the edge community for 2012 was “What is your favourite, deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation of how the world works?” There were a lot of references to the idea of natural selection as well as related ideas such as the observation that the natural selection process contributes to shaping unimaginably complex systems and the relationship between language and natural selection and language as an adaptive system.

The most simple, elegant, and beautiful idea that explains everything for me and is the foundation idea of the possibilities I imagine we could pursue to accelerate our creative and cultural evolution as a community is We create our experience and our experience creates us. The corollary of this idea is We create with our experience.

As Charles Darwin observed, “It is not the strongest of species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.”


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Our Creative Journey So Far
Creating With Our Nature
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Creating With Nature
Creating Our Culture
Creating A New World