The Story

The disciplinary structure in the universities is an important foundation. It enforces methodological rigor. But it doesn’t really correlate with reality. Why do we have one field, psychology, concerning the inner life and another field, sociology, concerning the outer life, when the distinction between the two is porous and maybe insignificant?
John Brockman
This Will Make You Smarter

Science and Ideas was registered for Quantum Ideas along with Restoring Our Atmosphere, Restoring Our Oceans, and Restoring Our Environment in April 2013. I registered Writers and Ideas, Theatre and Ideas, Films and Ideas, Dance and Ideas, and Music and Ideas a few years earlier. Science and Ideas went online after I attended the David Suzuki 2017-2018 Fellowship Awards at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

I populated Science and Ideas with a selection of ideas from questions posed by John Brockman for Edge which were published in This Will Make You Smarter, This Explains Everything, and This Idea is Brilliant. I chose these ideas because I think they could be quantum ideas, ideas about how things are and how things work that are important if true, ideas to explore for creative connections, and ideas to focus our creative exploration, our creative conversation and our creative enterprise around what we can do with what we know and what we care about as a creative community. Ideas which contribute to improving our ability to create a better future for our world and for our community.

I explored the ideas contributed by the Edge community in response to the question “What deep, beautiful, and elegant theory explains how the world works” for This Explains Everything. I found my idea missing. The foundation idea for creating better possibilities for the future of our world as a community from my point of view is “We create our experience and our experience creates us.” The corollary of this is “We create with our experience.” This echos Darwin’s observation. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change”

Exploring our experience and learning how to create with our experience, recognizing we also need to explore and learn how create with our nature and with our culture, is how we accelerate our creative and cultural evolution as individuals, as communities, and as a community, – and how we improve our possibilities of creating a new world to create a better future for our world.

I see Science and Ideas, as John Brockman defines science in This Idea is Brilliant, and knowledge about how things are and how things work and how things could be as a creative community resource to explore for creative connections in pursuit of brilliant, simple and elegant ideas that can make us smarter which can contribute to exploring scientific and creative hypotheses which improve our ability to create a better future for our world.

I see a scientific hypothesis as an idea about how things are and how things work that we set out to demonstrate. I see a creative hypothesis as an idea about how things could be and how things could work that we set out to create.

“What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?”  posed by John Brockman for This Idea is Brilliant was intended to be his final question. However he was prevailed upon to ask one last question which he did. His last question to the community he created around his online version of the Reality Club was “What is the last question?”

My response to the last question is “What Can We Do?” This is the first question for creative conversation, for creative community enterprise, and for our Quantum Enterprise Forum.

Roger Chilton
My Point of View

Ideas for creative exploration

Connections for creative exploration