I’m convinced imagination is a dangerous good. It leads to things you can’t categorize, which means things you can’t control, which means dangerous.
The above video, because it impacts our understanding of imagination, contains some of the most exciting ideas I’ve encountered in along time.
I’m currently working on understanding what makes artists tick, in order that; I can talk to un-artists about what makes artists tick, in order that; I can advocate for artists in group contexts where they are often misunderstood, ignored or shunned. I want to do all that, in order that; un-artists can de-un-artist themselves and recapture an atrophied part of themselves, in order that; artists and re-artisted-un-artists i.e. all of us, can function in a more balanced way in group contexts and thereby see and act on richer fuller sets of possibilities.
Being an artist, I of course came at this from a listening, watching, intuiting way; certainly not a scientific way and really for sure not a rigourous academic way. Imagine my joy at discovering my Flaneur-strolling-through-a-world-of-ideas-I-don’t-understand™ approach has actually got at some ideas that are in close keeping with recent academically rigorous neuroscience.
I’m currently reading McGilchrist’s book “The Master and His Emissary: The Divieded Brain and the Making of the Western World.” The grand irony? McGilcrhist freely admits he has had to talk about our over dependance on left-brian thinking in a left-brain thinking rigourously academic way in order for our left-brain saturated world to pay any attention.
Here’s a slightly truncated and animated version for the more visually attuned: