Posts tagged with the category Art and Existentialism
The link between Creativity and Authenticity
I have been interested in Existentialism for as long as I can remember. As a college freshman I took a course on Walt Whitman and wrote a paper on the existential ideas presented in Whitman’s poem, Song of Myself. Before I knew it, I was knee deep in existential concepts such as authenticity, existence precedes essence, freedom,...
Amy Winehouse, Addiction, and the search for meaning in life
She had a brilliant, lovely and desperately sad life – but that could be said about so many others who don’t live the life of a star.
There is really no real way of knowing what was going on in Amy Winehouse’s heart. There is no real way of knowing what is going on in the hearts and minds of those caught in the cycle of addiction...
Psychology Needs Poetry - Part II
In an extraordinary article in Poetry Magazine, poet Joshua Mehigan examines the popular link between “poetry” and “madness.” After all, aren’t poets visionaries and eccentrics? Aren’t they taken over by the muse and privy to the depths of the human experience?
Well, maybe those last two. But...
First chess, now music: just how creative can computers get?
"Nobody’s original," says composer David Cope.
Here’s what he means: there’s no such thing as "creativity," only endless copying, theme, and variation. "Everybody copies from everybody. The skill is in how large a fragment you choose to copy and how elegantly you can put them together."
Shakespeare in ... lust?
It’s a headline guaranteed to make any romantic smile: “Love, but not lust, inspires creativity.”
That’s the conclusion of a new study reported in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
In it, researchers asked 60 university students to imagine either casual sex with someone they were attracted to but...
Psychology needs poetry
Ask most poets who the biggest influences on them are, and you’ll usually get a list of other poets – Byron, Shelley, Keats, Frost, Whitman, Plath, or Ginsberg.
But when Tom Greening tries to think of the most important influences on his poetry, the two names he comes up with are psychologists.
“Rollo May was a big influence,...