Chaos is our friend

One of the things I’ve been pondering is how best to include creativity theory in my postings here. It’s easy enough, of course to simply tell you about some of the tricks and techniques suggested by academic theory, but like any good writer, I want to do more than just tell you. I want to show you.

A key principles of creativity is that finding associations between apparently disparate ideas can often lead to novel insights. So it occurred to me that I should try making connections from these blog posts to other ideas – both related ones and perhaps some that are less so – and then an idea hit me for how to do this. In another posting I’ve been working on, I noticed that I had embedded some pop culture references into my writing – both as a way to illustrate the point at hand and as a way to keep the reading fun – and it occurred to me that it might be fun to actually find tangential links for these references.

So that’s what I’m doing. Starting with this post, I’m going to try to find quasi-relevant links to assign. Maybe you’ll follow them, maybe you won’t. Or perhaps having those links will attract occasional attention from people looking for something else who stumble here along those random pathways, and maybe they’ll feel compelled to join our discussion. Who knows? It’s worth a shot.

So here’s my question to you guys: do you think the value of the discussion, or its diversity, will be increased by connecting to tangential material? Do you have any links of your own to suggest for this or any other posting here? If so, feel free to add it in the comments, but a little context please. Don’t just drop a link to kittens without giving us a brief explanation of why that link relates.

Of course, if current trends are anything to judge by, it would appear that kittens are always relevant.

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About the author

Jefferson Smith is a Canadian fantasy author, as well as the founder, chief editor and resident proctologist of ImmerseOrDie. With a PhD in Computer Science and Creativity Systems compounded by a life spent exploring most art forms for fun and profit, he is underqualified in just about everything. That's why he writes.