Thursday, October 16, 2014

Re: [Yasmin_discussions] the supernatural

As one respondent to:

> So I would ask the Yasmin list members -- is there a pseudo-science
> element concealed within the Art-Science enterprise?

I certainly hope not.

There is a fine line between 1) enjoying myth and the supernatural in terms
of telling stories and making art, and 2) treating the supernatural as forming
our "reality" however one may define it. Joseph Campbell's work speaks to
this - there are many wonderful stories but science draws the line with a art of
ontological barrier: just because something is unknown doesn't mean that
we have blank minds. In Campbell's approach to creation myths, they are
wonderful regardless of "truth."

Some thoughts to get the juices flowing.

Paul Fishwick, PhD
Distinguished University Chair of Arts & Technology
and Professor of Computer Science
Director, Creative Automata Laboratory
The University of Texas at Dallas
Arts & Technology
800 West Campbell Road, AT10
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

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