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If we accept that nature is the only fundamental regulation, is the process of creativity or originality a paradox?

If we accept that nature is the only fundamental regulation, is the process of creativity or originality a paradox?

Is there any such thing as an original thought or action? considering that everything we do operates within the confines of nature. Does this make anything that we do just a reaction? If you accept that the universe is infinite, then surely there was never a point of origin. If you believe that the universe has an origin or a set point in which it was created, then surely everything else is just a reaction. Either way, the term creativity as we use it today must be redundant?

Can anyone clarify this for me?

Sincerely

Craig Mallis

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    Sep 25 2013: Your understanding of creativity is a product of your understanding of Original Cause. Some say God is the cause of everything. Others say the Big Bang explains it all. Many other views exist. If you use the abilities you were born with to create a new thing do you get credit for it, or does the provider of your abilities get credit? If the latter then we must keep digging for the root (as Scott says below) until we can say for sure we have identified the source of your abilities and can rightly give all glory to that Original Cause.
    • Sep 25 2013: Hi Edward, I'm referring to giving credit to nature by discovering its capabilities rather than saying "I created this". I believe we discover by combining already existing parts of nature, I don't think we can literally create

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        Sep 25 2013: Indeed, there is nothing new under the Sun. Penicillin wasn't created by Man, it was discovered. In that sense there is no such thing as creation, only discovery. Do you agree that creation must begin with Nothing?
        • Sep 25 2013: I really do! To me creation is a word invented to justify our own existence. I really "there's nothing new under the sun" too. Cheers mate
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          Sep 28 2013: It all depends in the definition. You can say there are no new materials, and you can 'discover' more materials (e.g. Ben Franklin discovers lightening), but you can also play around with the existing material to establish a previously non-existing combination, e.g. inventing an MRI machine where that combination of chemicals/atoms did not previously exist. This playing around with combinations to bring about something new, to me, is how 'creation' is defined.

          I think music is the best analogy to think about this. No 'new' notes are out there. You can't even 'discover' new notes, but you can 'create' new music by trial of combinations to bring about patterns that will affect one's emotions.

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