The Creation of New Knowledge
The High Creative
these ones who wake upon the darkest hour and seek out the slightest glimmer in
the rock that lies hidden in the dust.
brush it tease it and bring forth the opalescent fires that light the way along
the path to knowledge and enlightenment.
beneath the tree and in the lonely cauldron of their thoughts they give birth to
form amongst the chaos
myriad paths they travel their footprints glow to lead the way for those who
In the creation of new
knowledge or art there a several factors. The first is the database of knowledge
perceptions or of skills, the second is the manner in which atoms and the
elements are brought together.
With the High IQ
person the arrangement of elements in the mind tends to rapidly follow the "line
or of best fit" to come to a proposition or conclusion. When presented with a
scatter of observations a line or curve is drawn which most closely fits the
data. It takes little examination to realize that there may be a number of lines
which could fit the same data. Even more important however is the likelihood
that the observations which are outside the normal range will be ignored or
considered irrelevant. It is however these very observations which may be the
key to flaws in the proposition or even more importantly to open new lines of
With the High Creative
the arrangement of elements will follow a different arrangement or indeed a
range of possible arrangements.
those at opposite ends of the spectrum may often have difficulties in
My concern here is with
the High Creative. Most education systems are geared towards the High IQ (HiI)
rather than the High Creative (HiC). As a result of this emphasis the creative
element tends to suppressed in the educational systems which are atomistic
rather than totalistic.
Many more have creative
abilities than are generally recognized and this becomes revealed in unusual and
demanding situations as in wartime and in disasters.
The High Creative by
definition is one who is creative at a high rate. Also they differ not only from
the majority of the population but vary often significantly from each other none
the less they have a number of characteristics in common.
In the area of neurology and hard wiring there is
a tendency for HiCís to be very sensitive to experiences either in general
or in particular areas such as music, art, mathematics or engineering for
example. So really here it would appear that there is a genetic component
In early childhood the ethos which fosters such
creative development will increase its frequency however a harsh ethos may
cause individuals to be creative in their rebellion and an indifferent or
neglectful ethos may result in creative escape behaviours.
In so called advanced economies parents have been
persuaded to relegate their offspring to professional educators where most
serve a six to twelve year sentence without remission for good behaviour.
The compulsory education system is often not conducive for the development
of creativity, especially where there are large classes. This is not to say
that there are not good schools within the system or to criticize especially
under resourced teachers..
The human brain is a wonderful instrument for
imposing order on disorder. As mentioned earlier the HiIQ will tend to
impose a linear logic line of best fit. The HiC will tend to use various
types of linear and non linear logics and chain their information molecules
in unusual configurations. Their thought patterns though unusual are still
rational though that logic may not be understood by others at the time
Another necessary characteristic of the HiC is
the internal courage to persist in the face of possible failure and have
overcome the fear of being laughed at by others.. He or she must have come
to the position where their self evaluation is more important than the
evaluation of others.
A feature of the HiC which is common is an
ongoing curiosity concerning the world about them. A constant desire to
solve problems and to seek answers. Many never loose that sense of child
like wonder that is so efficiently suppressed in our systems.
The HiC is dedicated to the task of solving the
problem sometimes all other things will fade into insignificance. At times
will forget to eat, will sleep on exhaustion and many will loose all sense
of time. Some on finding no solution at present will put the problem in a
corner of the mind and revisit and revisit it again and again until solved
oft times in a flash of revelation. When they do consider the clock they
tend to regard it as a servant rather than as the master of their actions.
As is implied above one of the characteristics
which will drive non-HiCís to distraction is the disregard for objective
time as observed by others..
Workaholism is endemic amongst HiCís even in
sleep the mind is still working on the problem. Though sometimes outwardly
indolent they will be hard at work thinking. The creative artist is amongst
the hardest workers in the world. In the throes
Socially they are often characterized as being
inept. They will often, be more interested in things rather than
socialization. They will very frequently be undervalued and frequently
exploited by the socially and financially oriented ones.
It must be noted that they are almost be
definition resourceful and highly adaptable, these characteristic are what
give them their survival value in what many find a hostile ethos.
Honesty and integrity are frequently
characteristics of the Hi C and they are often the conscience of society.
They may come into a complacent society, into the
land of the Lotus Eaters, and there they may spread discontent. They are the
agitators and the stirrers. Without them there would be stagnation instead
of progress and the improvement of the human condition.
Most of human society is busy living in the past,
there they feel safe. Only the high creatives live in the present and reveal
the possible futures
The creative dozen
characteristics above are no exhaustive but they do give pointers
It is only fitting that
here I pay tribute to the inspiration and guidance given by the works of Don
Fabun in the compilation of this part of my work.