Adding Paul Cooijimans to my red pill list

He happens to be the psychometitor of Giga Society. The most compelling feature of his output is his consistent sanity. In fact, I would describe him as exceedingly sane and otherwise restrained in expression. An example:

It should be noted most of these virtues [of genius] are severely impaired or destroyed by certain serious psychiatric disorders, in particular psychotic disorders. Such disorders can therefore greatly reduce the creative output of an otherwise talented person. The importance of this lies in the wide associative horizon that goes with (disposition for) psychosis; it (associative horizon) is good for creativity, but when resulting in actual psychosis it backfires and destroys creativity by attacking its conscientiousness component. The components of creativity, in this view, are conscientiousness, intelligence and associative horizon.

Also, conscientiousness itself, if driven too far, may lead to disorders that reduce creative output. This concerns primarily disorders of the neurotic kind, involving obsessions, compulsions, anxiety, depression, and more.

Conscientiousness seems to be open to improvement through practice, training and study; that makes it probably the only component of creativity and genius that can be improved at will. Therefore the most likely only key to improving your creative output and contribution to humankind lies on this page.

I noted an insane-sounding philosophical idea in another essay.

Genius is the high end of the dimension of creativity.

Creativity in turn is the expression (effect, result, projection) of awareness. Awareness is what the individual experiences inside one’s mind (the experience of experience itself; the being aware of the fact that one or anything exists), while creativity is what others perceive when observing that individual. Awareness and creativity are the inner and outer aspects of the same thing. One’s creativity is a measure of one’s awareness. A non-creative person is not aware; a genius is the most aware of all.

Awareness is related to creativity not just as in making a painting or writing a novel, but also as in my philosophical hypothesis “Only what can be verified by aware beings exists”. Awareness thus creates existence itself. Without aware beings, nothing would exist.

Borrowing a heuristic device from John C. Wright, I reason that we must assume this is not a lapse of otherwise faultless self-restraint. Rather, we should explore his hypothesis as a plausible interpretation of reality.

It would seem to fit with the simulation hypothesis. This hypothesis seems to be a trend among the high-IQ folks, but it’s nice to see it coming from someone with low psychoticism. The obvious followup question is “When did the first consciousness emerge to interact with this universe?”

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3 Responses to Adding Paul Cooijimans to my red pill list

  1. Heaviside says:

    How can an educated person never have heard of solipsism? Doesn’t it just strike most people as obvious?

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      No, almost all people are empiricists at heart. A modern empiricist would believe in an external social reality, at the very least. If they are ever solipsists, it’s in utero, and even then I kinda doubt it.

  2. chance a not says:

    “Creativity in turn is the expression (effect, result, projection) of awareness.”

    It has made me thinking for a while… till I understood it. He made no effort to say it in an easily understandable way, but come on, it would have been a paradox if he did :)

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