As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, my goal this year is to work on a particular problem. Being a dualist, I believe human consciousness is supernatural but is somehow connected (or grown) on a physical substrate that is subject to mechanistic material laws. The particular manifestation of this consciousness is heavily dependent on the substrate, but not entirely. Because it is possible to approximate the effect of the physical substrate by averaging the effects of similar substrates, it must be possible to measure the metaphysical component as a confounding variable.
In this description, I’m lumping nature and nurture into the “physical substrate”. However, this is not the case if we assume that the environment includes more metaphysical effects like other minds (who share ideas through material dialogue), supernatural intervention, and probably others. So the problem I’m looking at is a simplified version of what I suspect is a larger and more descriptive problem.
My dream is to reduce these components to a predictive model of economic utility, which is to say I want to measure creativity in “expected dollars and cents”.
This problem touches on some other topics of common interest around these parts: IQ, creativity, psychoticism (AKA associative horizon), conscientiousness, genius, the genetic and environmental components thereof, the role of intellectuals and geniuses in society, etc.