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The Act of Creation

The Act of Creation While the study of psychology has offered little in the way of explaining the creative process Koestler examines the idea that we are at our most creative when rational thought is suspended for examp

  • Title: The Act of Creation
  • Author: Arthur Koestler
  • ISBN: 9780140191912
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • While the study of psychology has offered little in the way of explaining the creative process, Koestler examines the idea that we are at our most creative when rational thought is suspended for example, in dreams and trancelike states All who read The Act of Creation will find it a compelling and illuminating book.

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    About Author

    1. Arthur Koestler says:
      Arthur Koestler CBE K sztler Art r was a prolific writer of essays, novels and autobiographies.He was born into a Hungarian Jewish family in Budapest but, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria His early career was in journalism In 1931 he joined the Communist Party of Germany but, disillusioned, he resigned from it in 1938 and in 1940 published a devastating anti Communist novel, Darkness at Noon, which propelled him to instant international fame.Over the next forty three years he espoused many causes, wrote novels and biographies, and numerous essays In 1968 he was awarded the prestigious and valuable Sonning Prize For outstanding contribution to European culture , and in 1972 he was made a Commander of the British Empire CBE.In 1976 he was diagnosed with Parkinson s disease and three years later with leukaemia in its terminal stages He committed suicide in 1983 in London.

    Comment 690 on “The Act of Creation

    1. Aaron says:
      For starters I ve never read this book cover to cover, but have read most of it at least once over the past couple years In some 700 pages Koestler makes the case for a new way of understanding the relationship between art and science He does this in a most dense and thorough way that I could not begin to explain here Suffice it to say it is among the most difficult and most interesting writing I have ever come across He loads his writing with fascinating examples and illustrating facts that kee [...]

    2. Patrick Nichols says:
      Startlingly lucid account of our most wondrous and irrational faculty creativity In the space of a few chapters, Koestler throws light on the question of humor what makes a joke funny And why do we, unlike every other animal, laugh But this conception, while the most illuminating view of humor I ve read, is only the start of a much grander theory of our most profoundly human activities He finds the unifying thread of the three great creative acts of mankind Humor, Art, and Scientific Inventivene [...]

    3. John Brooke says:
      Here is one of my most treasured books Without fail, I take it off the shelf and plunge right in to its insigntful observations and gentle humor A valuable resource for the mind of an artist.

    4. Anne says:
      Read this book in college and found it one of the most inspiring books regarding creativity and the connections to our world Changed my life.

    5. Joseph Jupille says:
      This is one of the finest books I have ever read The act of creation is the bisociation of previously independent matrices of thought Koestler is one of those amazing polymaths who ranges across the sciences, the arts, the humanities, the history of all of these things, and has got an awful lot of things figured out It s not a breezy read, but it s astonishing and worth your time.

    6. Lysergius says:
      The Act of Creation begins where this view ceases to be true Koestler affirms that all creatures have the capacity for creative activity, frequently suppressed by the automatic routines of thought and behavior that dominate their lives The study of psychology has offered little in the way of an explanation of the creative process, and Koestler suggest that we are at our most creative when rational thought is suspended for example in dreams and trance like states Then the mind is capable of recei [...]

    7. The Thompson Foundation says:
      Can I give this a 5 stars Fantastic book comparison of art, science and humor and how they require similar creative processes, i.e an orthogonal leap using combination of things that were already known It puts scientists in their proper place, IMO, i.e away from the hard and stodgy rational and with the creative Most scientists appreciate art and music the reputation is unwarranted Perhaps it comes from people we think are boring i.e those who start conversations by talking about the weather.

    8. Dan says:
      A scientific analysis of the creative process Koestler argues that the scientific discovery, the work of art, and the joke are all instances of creativity, and that the common element in each is bisociation, a term referring to the mental process in which two unlike things are put together Lots of examples and clear descriptions of the ideas with which Koestler works Entertaining, informative and accessible.

    9. Bronislava Sencakova says:
      via Alan Kay at OOPSLA 1997 The computer revolution hasnt happened yet cca od 17 min ty

    10. D says:
      From time immemorial the gift of creativity has been venerated almost as if it were divine If there is such a thing as creativity as thus defined, then it is clear that civilization must owe much, if not everything, to the individuals so gifted.It is with the the work of children in our schools that we really ought to begin How can we best detect the individuals who are endowed by nature with creative ability of this or that specific type comic simile hidden analogy poetic imagewitticism epigram [...]

    11. Mavromou says:
      Luego de muchos intentos, pude hacerme un tiempo para leer completo este maravilloso libro de Koestler No es el primer libro que leo del autor, ni ser el ultimoAbarcando toda actividad humana la que divide entre ciencia, arte y humor , Koestler hace un estudio muy profundo de varios autores y de varias experiencias cient ficas para demostrar la tesis principal del libro.El acto de la creaci n ocurre mediante un proceso cuya dinamica principal es similar en los descubrimientos cient ficos, en man [...]

    12. Tally says:
      I m not rating this book because I tried and failed to finish it three times since the start of the year I was told about this book and its help in the creative writing process, so of course I went and got it The problem is the format I can t stand it.It feels like some major technical work, some thesis about writing and the mechanics as if regurgitated at a lecture I just tried and tried to read it and I d keep giving up after about every 10 pages I ve read and have dozens of other books on wri [...]

    13. Kai Weber says:
      In this book Koestler assumes a high vantage point on the topic set by the book s title To him the creation of a work of art and the creation of scientific insight and knowledge is driven by the same mechanisms I always find writers who manage to combine the arts and the sciences into a larger unit attractive than those who overstress the boundary, at least those who do so habitually which is often the case with humanities scholars Koestler elaborates The criteria of truth differ from criteria [...]

    14. Matthias says:
      One of the things I greatly appreciate about Brazil and Brazilians is their great sense of humor, which I find to be very different from my home country That made me want to learn about humor itself what is it actually what s its role in human society and evolution why and how is different from one culture to another I was researching books about these questions but was not really successful in finding specific books or answers But I came across this great book that asks such intriguing questio [...]

    15. John says:
      My interest in this book is from the perspective of illustration and sculpture Be fore warned there is a lot in this book than just from the fine arts community There are a variety of fields of creative endeavour analyzed and talked about Comedy, characterization, emotions, poetry and the ceative language of the human body are all talked about The language used in the book is a bit dated but subject matter is gold for those interested in learning about what the creative process is and how it wo [...]

    16. Frank says:
      Book 1 is a lucid and well developed theory about the nature of creativity in the arts and science.Book 2 is a poorly conceived attempt to extend these ideas into biology and psychology The analogy is often strained and the science has not aged gracefully There is a long section dedicated to beating the dead horse of behavioralism, for instance Here the editors let AK down Presumably, this is the reason the book has gone out of print There are useful insights, such as his anticipation of the con [...]

    17. Matt says:
      A fascinating and far reaching look at human creativity In the first book, starting with humor and proceeding through science and art, Koestler looks at the history of human achievement In book two, Koestler moves to the molecular scale and explains innovation and change at the genetic level His knowledge of psychology, embryology, etc allow him to make a connection between low level organic processes and high level creative thinking All in all, a very interesting read.

    18. Sergio Lepore says:
      It s been many years since I read this but he basically demonstrates how creativity is interwoven with discovery in introducing a new term for my vocabulary bisociation Bisociation is where two heretofore unrealated unconnected phenomena ideas are indeed really at a much deeper grander level very much so.

    19. Barbelo says:
      Enjoyed this almost as much as TGITM, will definitely read again Koestler likes to work with analogies a lot, sometimes stretching them too far, IE, the graphs linking humor and convergent realities, which were perhaps funnier than the run of the mill jokes he cites at whim.

    20. John says:
      Recommended by George Carlin Looks pretty heavy, but I m really interested in brain function and the creative process I ll drink coffee before starting

    21. Bruce Smith says:
      DNF, I m sure there are better, newer books on the subject It is one of the original works on the subject, but it is showing its age.

    22. Leslie says:
      Great treatise on scientific and artistic creativity, and their overlaps Amazingly, still very relevant today



    23. George says:
      man, have had this dang thing forever, need to read it

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