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Paradigm Shift in the Understanding of the Creative Abilities of Consciousness
Paradigm Shift in the Understanding of the Creative Abilities of Consciousness

Author(s): Helena Knyazeva
Subject(s): Philosophy, Social Sciences, Education, Psychology, History of Philosophy, Philosophical Traditions, Epistemology, Aesthetics, Special Branches of Philosophy, Sociology, Early Modern Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Psychology of Self, Psychoanalysis, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“
Keywords: autopoiesis; chaos; complex systems; consciousness; creative thinking; self-organization

Summary/Abstract: The understanding of human consciousness as a kind of computer is insufficient and even irrelevant, taking into account the modern advances in the development of cognitive science. The author argues that a certain paradigm shift in the understanding of human consciousness and its creative abilities takes place. Consciousness is rather dynamic and autopoietic entity that is embedded into environment and intimately related with the human body. Consciousness is embodied, situated and enactive. A great contribution to this conception of human consciousness (mind) is made by Francisco Varela and his followers. Autopoiesis of consciousness means that it is able to maintain its integrity in the processes of self-organization in the permanently changing environment. An autopoietic activity of consciousness it directed to the search of elements that are missed, it longs for completing integral structures. For these reasons, it is possible to create a new, fresh view on the creative activities of consciousness, if we base our notions on the modern theories of complexity, dynamic chaos and self-organization. In the theoretical frames, chaos acquires a creative image; it is not simply a destroying force. Complex structures emerge in chaos and out of chaos. Chaos is organized and it organizes. When destroying, it builds. Chaos has many facets. Chaos is a way of renovation of complex organizations. A periodical immersion of human consciousness into chaos is a way of stimulation of its cognitive and creative activities.

  • Issue Year: 28/2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 14-22
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English