The Creativity Paradigm

Rene Descartes knew 400 years ago that mind and matter are different. Physics now understand enough about the power of the mind and the limitations of matter to know this is true. So how do they interact?

While Neuroscience is making progress in understanding the human brain and how to measure intelligence, there is comparatively little progress in understanding the conscious, thinking human mind. Neuroscientists have no serious model of the detailed mechanisms of how the mind actually functions. The widespread assumption is that somehow millions of neurons fire in the brain to produce the mind. They equate brain with mind and intelligence with consciousness, even though each are separate things. So in order to help understand what kind of future education system needs to be implemented, the following advanced model of the mind is given.

The attributes of thought, intuition and emotion cannot originate from a brain cell that dies every 12 years. Furthermore, cells break down into molecules, atoms and subatomic particles. Consequently, there is simply no capacity within the construct of matter to harbor the mind. In computer terminology, the brain is like an adaptive biological motherboard while the mind is a separate operating system that runs and restructures the brain.

The human mind subconsciously saves to memory all sensory information input that the body sees, hears and experiences. Memory is therefore just established information that the mind can access, use and assimilate to attain unique perspectives. In this process, the mind’s force (e.g. volts) and transmission capacity (e.g. amps) is limited by how the physical brain is neurologically wired. It becomes necessary, then, for the brain to be constantly rewired by the mind to accommodate the mind’s force and transmission capacity needs. So the more the mind is stimulated to assimilate information, the more the mind rewires and expands the brain’s capabilities.

But the physical brain offers resistance (e.g. ohms) to the cognitive mind rewiring it. The addition of emotion to this process acts as a catalyst that stimulates the mind to greater output while simultaneously increasing its force to overcome the brain’s resistance. Emotion can range from fear to inspiration and from conflict to harmony. Those emotions can be triggered by human interaction through the release of internal chemicals or they can be triggered by musical vibrations. Within the music domain it has been found that playing bowed string instruments produce the highest level of emotion and is therefore the most potent catalyst for the mind. This is due to the strings uniquely being amplified by an instrument body designed by divine geometry centuries ago. The very movement of a bow along the strings induce vibrations that resonate in consonance with our bodies. This is why we can be overcome with emotion when we hear the evocative sound of string instruments. Because more than any other instrument, the string instruments evoke emotion that speak directly to our imagination. This experience then stimulates the mind to assimilate information in ways that would not have happened otherwise, freeing us from a lifetime of obstacles that have blocked our imagination. So as radical as it may first seem, it turns out that string instruments have the power to free our imagination thereby Stimulating Creativity.