The Idea Enhancement Project is a visionary undertaking that explores the use of art as a practical tool for increasing innovative and creative thinking. This project is visionary, but not theoretical: the results must be practical; because the process itself is unknowable to the conscious mind.
The unconscious mind is often portrayed as a wild beast; an uncontrollable and destructive atavism. Artists and creative people know that this is untrue.
This process has too many “true” ways of looking at it to have an explanation that fits all viewpoints. One way I like to look at it is that art and ideas share the same level in your mind and can communicate and interact directly with each other.
Visualizing “qualitative thinking” as a nodule or an accretion of thoughts is a useful analogy; because it describes a way in which the results are presented to the thinker. There is no conscious effort involved.
Ideas form naturally; like a fruit – and harvesting them is like picking apples off a tree – this is both practical and useful.
The unconscious mind is an analog computer of unimaginable power and effortless processing — why not use it?
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