“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos; the materials must, in the first place, be afforded: it can give form to dark, shapeless substances, but cannot bring into being the substance itself.”
― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
A way in which an artist can be influenced by other creatives is through the process of assimilation, where an artist absorbs and integrates elements of other artists' work into their own artistic style or approach.
This can involve incorporating elements of other artists' work into one's own work in a more subtle or indirect way, rather than imitating specific elements. Assimilation can allow an artist to expand their own artistic horizons and incorporate new ideas and perspectives into their work, and can also serve as a way of exploring and challenging the boundaries of their own artistic identity.
THE DEGREE OF CONNECTIVITY
Creativity is a complex and multifaceted process that involves the generation of new and original ideas or solutions to problems. While scientists have not yet reached a full understanding of how our creativity works, there are several factors that are thought to play a role in the process.
One key factor is the role of the brain in creativity. The brain is responsible for processing and integrating information, and it is thought that certain brain areas and processes are particularly important for creativity. For example, the prefrontal cortex and the medial temporal lobe are both thought to be important for creative thinking.
In addition, research has suggested that creativity may be related to the degree of connectivity between different brain areas, as well as to the flexibility and plasticity of the brain.
From a philosophical perspective, creativity is often seen as an integral part of human nature and as a key aspect of what makes us unique as individuals. It is often associated with concepts such as imagination, self-expression, and the ability to think outside the box. In philosophy, creativity is often linked to the concept of free will, which is the belief that individuals have the ability to make choices and act independently.
Some philosophers argue that creativity is a manifestation of free will, as it allows individuals to generate new ideas and solutions that are not bound by predetermined rules or expectations.