azekeil: (Ulysses_31)
To expand on a conversation I had at the pub on Friday - I believe that it is nigh on impossible to come up with anything truly original, that due to the number of humans and that there is nothing really new that has fundamentally changed the way humans think for a long while (I'm thinking things here like learning the earth wasn't flat, etc) that the best people can hope to do is come up with derivative works at best. My evidence lies in the way I experienced creative arts being taught - they're taught in terms of reference to historical pieces and methods.

The conversation went on and I suggested that the only way to decide once and for all would be if someone was born in isolation and then their creative work could be considered free of outside influence, but would it be original or be a lot like existing works? Of course, practically and morally this isn't really possible as Hans Fritzl demonstrated recently.. :)

The conversation provoked consternation amongst some of us, but I think it's something I've known and been trying to come to terms with on a personal level since I realised this when about 11.

Interestingly, the fourth and last 'section' on this page about feral children suggests that 'being human' is learned. I guess this still leaves room for truly original though, but it will be based on experience and therefore derivative.

Maybe this is all just another symptom of modern life - being spent in the rat race, performing quite abstract tasks in order to earn money to assure a certain standard of life.

On a side note, something that may cause be an fundamental change in human understanding is if scientists are able to go on from creating RNA (a recent breakthrough) to actually creating artificial life. The implications are tremendous.

The other thing I have been amusing myself with recently is looking at Google Earth and finding weird bits of the world; tiny islands that show signs of human habitation, areas of continents and islands that are just interesting to view like Ayers Rock.
azekeil: (nice fish)
I don't think my viewpoint around change on a larger scale being ineffective is that uncommon. I wonder if it's a product of today's society?

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Hah...

Jul. 18th, 2007 05:16 pm
azekeil: (oooooooo!)
My last update seemed to come out differently to the one I was imagining in my head. I wanted to talk about approaching my 30th and feeling that I was having fun but not really following my dreams or ambitions, like blacksmithing (specifically weaponsmithing). I've always been the sort to have something to look forwards to, to work towards. I've also been adverse to spending money on entertainment (harks back to my student days, I guess). So I guess I've been coming to the conclusion that it's not wrong to want to spend a bit of money on hobbies, even when those hobbies could be quite costly - if I can afford it, that is.

So, this is why I want to sort out my finances, so I'm not putting my hobbies before my original and sensible plans of making sure I have a decent pension and no mortgage in my old age. Anything left over after that will be money for toys; which is better than my current cycle of spending money on toys and not actually saving up for the house improvements or anything sensible. I know this is a phase and I know it's going to change soon, but I guess I just want to make sure I'm not committing myself to a boring life with my plans for the future without living while I'm young enough to enjoy it fully :)

Other people don't seem to have these issues - or if they do they don't seem to talk about them much. So, how do other people view these sorts of things?
azekeil: (Default)
On a similar theme to my post about learning methods, there is something else I'm slowly coming to realise. This is obviously my time for 'realising things'. This time it's about interactions and other people.

Now, as people who know me at all or read my journal in the slightest will know, in my early twenties I discovered that the reason I was a little different to others was most likely because I was some way along the autistic spectrum away from 'normal'. Before then, and especially since then, I've gone through large periods of self-doubt around my ability to interact with people. I'm slowly learning to overcome that; that I am actually a reasonable person to interact with and generally likeable (despite what the voices in my head keep telling me. No, scratch that I don't have voices, I have doubts. Whatever.)

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azekeil: (eye)
Okay. This is something that's interested me for a while. Obviously it's about your innermost thoughts, so if you're uncomfortable putting your name to them (for the world to see), I'd be really grateful if you would go to the effort of leaving an anonymous comment with your answers. Same goes for any discussion. I'm not interested in victimisation, more the rationalé behind what you think and how it makes you feel.

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