Is Evolution a particle or a fundamental force?

I’m reading Rick Rubin’s amazing new book, The Creative Act. It came up recommended on my library app as an audiobook.

I’ve often thought I might write a book based on musings on creativity, as I find most books on the subject a bit of a let down. But Rick Rubin’s book blew me away. This is pretty much the book I would have liked to have written. Now I don’t have to!

I’d recommend it to anyone interested in creativity as essential reading.

The book is broken down into 78 areas of thought.

Rubin says, “Each of these moments is an invitation to further inquiry.”

I took up the invitation and bought a copy of the book to work through as a daily exercise – my further enquiry.

The book seems to be popular, I had to wait for the reprint.

This morning, I had a breakthrough in something that has puzzled me for a long time.

In physics there are four fundamental forces and seventeen fundamental particles in the standard model. Forces act on matter particles which are mediated by bosons. But of course that’s not the end of it. The model doesn’t answer everything, so there has to be more.

I was recently introduced to the idea of the Amplituhedron which suggests there is more to the space-time continuum model, that we have come to know and love thanks to Einstein.

There could be more out there – on the other side! The math suggests it. So, in reality – remember, the space-time continuum is only our impression of reality – there could be other, unknown, forces at work. (Unknown unknowns?)

Rubin suggests that art and creativity is a “circulation of energetic ideas”, likening creativity to clouds that disperse into the oceans as rain only to evaporate and reconstitute themselves as new clouds in new shapes and forms.

But energy drives that process. The heat from the sun warms the oceans and drives the continual process of creating rain, which in turn feeds the land and eventually us.

What drives the “circulation of energetic ideas”?

If you consider the Universe to be in a constant state of creativity and that we are just co-creators with the universe, then there must be some force that drives it all – some energy.

Religious folk have a simple answer – they call that force God. But a guy in the sky with a beard is too simple an idea – even if our traditional image of God looks a bit like Rick Rubin!

We live in a constantly evolving Universe. Evolution sometimes even seems to contradict the idea of entropy.

Could it be that Evolution is a mediating particle or a fundamental force?

Maybe Einstein knew what he was doing when he chose E in his famous E = mc2 equation. Maybe E=Evolution? Maybe E=Energy – the energy that drives it all – the desire of the Universe to evolve and create and find its true and final condition?

Now, I’m just a guy in a shed, but could it be that the Universe, like us, its mere minion creative-operatives, is yearning to understand itself – to know the truth – to know everything?

Maybe the only way to understand everything is to create everything – each iteration along the way being a stepping-stone to the final perfection of the Universe and ultimate knowledge?

Aphantasia to Hyperphantasia – another spectrum

A couple of years ago, I was made aware of Aphantasia, the inability to make images in the mind. Leesa Austin, who follows my drawing videos, contacted me to say how they had helped her get a handle on drawing.

I “just” have an image in my head and draw what I see to the best of my practical abilities. Leesa has no image.

With a bit more research, I discovered that Aphantasia is a thing! I couldn’t imagine not being able to make images in my head. For me, that sounds like a disability.

But it turns out to be a blessing too. Those with Aphantasia are suited to different career paths, notably maths and science.

I woke this morning thinking, “mind imagery must, like most things, be a spectrum.”

Sure enough, it turns out the other end of the spectrum is called Hyperphantasia.

As I lay in bed musing, the cat nudging me for attention, I realised that I don’t just see images, I have a widescreen movie theatre inside my head!

I can see actors – people I know or have imagined – carrying out alternate lives. I can see situations and play out different endings.

This might sound like a huge benefit, but it has it’s negative sides. It’s perfect for creating conspiracy theories! I have learned to fight against this aspect, but can still fall down a rabbit hole of my own construction. Over time, I have learned to recognise the signs and claw my way back or avoid the gaping hole in the first place.

Sometimes a scenario is so enticing, I “just have to know what happens!” I have to research the thought in real life to see where it goes, eventually running out of steam when I either find the answer or conclude that there isn’t one to be found.

Mrs Rayner will roll her eyes. I think she thinks I’m trying to prove myself right. It’s not that. I just need to know – right or wrong.

Hyperphantasia might have made me a fortune several times over, but…

I can get a brilliant idea, visualise it as a brilliant business idea, buy the office furniture, hire staff, sack them, create marketing strategies and manufacturing plants and build a multi million pound business in my mind all in under an hour!

I used to get really excited doing this, and drain myself with an adrenaline overdose.

The images were so powerful that I felt I had actually done it. So when it came to actually putting the idea into practice, I couldn’t be bothered. I’d been there and done it already.

Then, a couple of years later I’d see someone doing what I’d imagined, making a fortune. I didn’t mind, I knew I wouldn’t have done it. They hadn’t stolen the idea. The idea had found me, used me to work itself out and then gone on to find someone more practical to put it into action.

To achieve what I have done in my life, I’ve had to learn to quieten down the wilder aspect of my future imaginings , to learn to start a job and follow through to the end – sometimes, even when I’m bored with the job and it’s going nowhere, I really try to finish it.

I realise now that there must be others out there like me. I can’t be the only one. They are the one’s who never finish things. Maybe their imaginings were so wonderful, they know they are never going to achieve the perfect manifestation of their visions, so why bother?

I think I learned one thing along the way. The vision stays, but you may have to iterate to finally manifest it. You are not going to create a masterpiece first time. It takes practice, dedication, and iteration – and maybe a lifetime!

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