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Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Fun of Pattern Recognition

Effective Speech Develops Ideas Through Critical and Creative Choice of Language.
Basic Principles of Speech 4th Edition (Sarett/Sarett/Foster)

Effective Essays Develop Ideas Through Critical and Creative Choice of Language.
(Initial principle modified to apply to the writing of brief essays.)

Definitions: (all from WordWeb Pro)

1. Make something new, such as a product or a mental or artistic creation
2. Work out
3. Gain through experience
5. Come into existence; take on form or shape
6. Change the use of and make available or usable
7. Elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
9. Be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest
12. Cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development
19. Elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme

The content of cognition
The psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

1. Marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws
3. Characterized by careful evaluation and judgment

Adjective: creative
1. Having the ability or power to create
2. Promoting construction or creation

1. Make or cause to be or to become
2. Bring into existence
3. Pursue a creative activity; be engaged in a creative activity
5. Create by artistic means
6. Create or manufacture a man-made product


Crafting an idea can take many forms and requires careful evaluation, judgment, and insight. This occurs regularly in the world of ideas and is a completely democratic phenomenon–occurring everywhere thought is engaged. I know historians who declare there is nothing new under the sun. I grant that to the extent that the creative process generates hubris in the psyche of the creator, such hubris is totally unfounded as creativity always builds on what is already given.

Words and their sound and sense directly contribute to the generation of new ideas. Crafting ideas through the use of language is greatly affected by tone (the distinctive property of a complex theme).  While conforming to tone, old ideas are reworked into new ones.  Some would argue that the wordsmith is an innovator, not a creator.  I will take that with the caveat that innovation can generate astounding things.  A change in the thinking of an age can hinge on how an idea is crafted.

Finally, crafting an idea is generally fun for we anticipate the pleasure response our body produces when sudden insight occurs.  Thus, a major activity we all share is the joy of effective creativity triggered and sustained by recurrent pattern recognition and development. 

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