Wednesday, 02 May 2012   |   Creative Thinking

SnowflakeThe world we live in is an amazingly complex place.  Space is larger than we can imagine in every direction, and yet everything in it is comprised of components that are smaller than we can imagine.  Take a grain of sand for instance.  It is comprised of approximately 2 * 10^19 atoms.  Those atoms are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons, which themselves are made up of quarks and gluons and on it goes.  Science continues to extend our understanding of the world in both directions every day.

The entire world is essentially a series of items, created from a series of smaller items, which in turn are created from a series of smaller items and so on and so on many many times.  As we drill down, the number of different items at that particular level decreases every time.  As does the complexity.  At the very bottom (which is a place we probably have yet to discover) the number of different items is very few and the rules which govern their behaviour are similarly few but also relatively simple.  These rules dictate how the items will come together to form new items at the next scale,  and also what rules they will be bound by.  And likewise for the next level and on and on.

The world we live in is nothing more than a complex set of layered rules and this leads to a very important observation.


The world we live in seems remarkably random, and yet it is not.   There are patterns everywhere.  For instance, mathematical patterns can be found all over nature,  from the patterns of snowflakes, to those found on seashells.  This is not a fluke but a natural result of these layers of rules mentioned earlier.  These patterns are a direct link into the most inner workings of the world.

Patterns are everywhere around us,  it's just that most of the time we don't see them as they are either too complex or we just don't know what to look for.


Creativity is largely the discovery of these patterns and then the application of those pattern in different ways.  Sometimes we are aware that we have discovered the pattern, other times we are not,  it's just that it feels right.  When we take advantage of these patterns we are taking advantage of and working in tune with the natural ways of the world and the end result is naturally beautiful.  It is my belief that highly creative people are more aware of their observation and discovery of these patterns.   This puts them in a better position to take advantage of them.

So the question arises,  is there anything we can do to improve our perception of these patterns?  The answer is YES.  Adopting a general inquisitive nature can improve your ability.  Playing games that challenge your analytical thinking (such as Sodoku or CodeBreaker) will also help.

Join in below.  How do you think we can become better at discovering these patterns?


You're on your way to becoming a Highly Creative Person.