Unusually great creativity is the mastery of knowing nothing / by Yu Cao

Marco, we figured something out today after playing frisbee. 

You said usually people are confined in their houses so that their minds are constrained within a certain pattern. Those who go out of the house can create something new with new experiences introduced. More importantly, you recognized that unlike either of them, masters can stay in the house and create something fundamentally revolutionary because they imagine. 

Carefully examine what leads to masters’ unusually great creativity, we observed that it is the mental practice of imagination and reflection. Whether or not they leave the house doesn't make any difference to their creativity. In this way, we clarify the degree of creativity lies in the depth of these mental practices. When people start to go out, new understanding is introduced through new experience. The mechanism is the breakdown of assumptions--the known give way to the building of new connections--new known. The “new known” is called creation. This “metabolism” traces how the creative process starts.

What about the unusually high quality of creativity recognized in masters, such as Matisse, Picasso, Einstein, Buddha, etc.? Following the same argument above, their efficiency and degree of breaking down the “old known” and making new “known” is usually high. Through experience, such a metabolism is working but not efficient enough. But through the mastery of mental practice, such a metabolism reaches its full speed. This is what makes master master. 

Now we need to figure out what is the mental practice that makes master master. Two basic functions: it has to make the breaking down of the known as quick as possible and building new known as quick as possible. If there is no unknown exist, no effort is even needed to break down, thus the “breaking down” time is zero and its speed is maximum.Then what will happen to the building of the new known? With no assumption, understanding should be efficient. Warhol is an example. Nothing is too small for him to pay attention to. His wisdom lies in observing. It'll be much easier to understand how things work without any distraction of how they should be working. So without assumption which is being aware of knowing nothing, one can most efficiently observe and understand how things connect. This awareness and understanding is intelligence also creativity. 

Put it more clearly. The awareness of knowing nothing is intelligence/wisdom and the understanding of connections is creativity. The degree of awareness determines the quality of understanding. The understanding is the function of the awareness. Creativity is the function of wisdom/intelligence. Masters’ unusually great creativity comes from their unusual degree of the awareness, namely the mastery of knowing nothing. 

After deciphering masters’ creativity, it won't be fun not to practice to be one.