A universe of ideas

As a child, at least as early as I can remember, I believed ideas were absorbed from the universe, that our brains were receivers, picking up on the tangible experiences and events of real beings who lived beyond our solar system or in another dimension. What it meant, basically, was that somewhere in the universe there were elves, gnomes and dragons, but also vampires, werewolves and trolls. In my mind Middle Earth was a real place, which Tolkien had the honour of viewing remotely and the genius of portraying in exquisite detail. I don’t know where this notion came from or how I developed it, but I was so confident with this idea I never questioned it; I always had a conveyor belt of ideas rumbling through my mind and I couldn’t comprehend how my small mind could create it all. As an adult I now realise the hypothesis was quite ingenuous. It couldn’t work. Consider all the half-baked or silly ideas any of us has ever had – the universe would be a mess, with half-baked beings and silly scenaros.

I’m still fascinated with where ideas and innovation originate, but I’m now further away from understanding it than I ever was as a child. I want to understand, but do I need to in order to continue “receiving” ideas?. In my wanderings around the internet, trying to gather information on theories of the origin of ideas, I came across the wonderful Ted Talk by Eat, Pray, Love author, Elizabeth Gilbert. I read Eat, Pray, Love when it came out and enjoyed it, and I recall seeing this talk ten years ago. It resonated with me then and it still does today. In the talk, Gilbert discusses the almost “paranormal” feeling of the creativity process and so it seems appropriate the talk here.

If Elizabeth Gilbert is right, and we “just need to show up”, then I’ll keep showing up for however long I can.

  4 comments for “A universe of ideas

  1. August 31, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    I smiled when I read about the idea you had as a child. Maybe it is still true, who knows?

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    • August 31, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      If its true then somewhere in the universe Jim Henson’s Gonzo makes sense and Goofy knows what he is.

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      • August 31, 2020 at 8:48 pm

        For sure Jim Henson has his own corner. And I hope Narnia is somewhere.
        About Goofy knowing who he is, I don’t know. 🙂

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      • August 31, 2020 at 8:53 pm

        I like the idea of Henson having a whole corner of the universe. Narnia was certainly real to me as a kid.

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