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The Integration of Knowledge

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Carlos Blanco

The Integration of Knowledge explores a theory of human knowledge through a model of rationality combined with some fundamental logical, mathematical, physical and neuroscientific considerations. Its ultimate goal is to present a philosophical system of integrated knowledge, in which the different domains of human understanding are unified by common conceptual structures, such that traditional metaphysical and epistemological questions may be addressed in light of these categories. Philosophy thus becomes a "synthesizer" of human knowledge, through the imaginative construction of categories and questions that may reproduce and even expand the conceptual chain followed by nature and thought, in an effort to organize the results of the different branches of knowledge by inserting them in a broader framework.

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7. Creativity and the Bridge between the Sciences and the Humanities

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7 Creativity and the Bridge between the Sciences and the Humanities

7.1 The Neurobiological Understanding of Creativity

Our previous analysis of human knowledge and of its insertion within the broader scope of natural laws should allow us to delve into the realm of the social exchange of ideas, of human activity as such.

Indeed, one of the most outstanding features of the human mind resides in its ability to create new ideas and frames of reference, which beyond explaining the properties of the surrounding universe contribute themselves to building a new universe of meanings and intentions. This property becomes visible, in a special and vivid manner, when one addresses the historical development of knowledge. Creativity therefore stands as a crucial element for understanding the deepest capacities of the human mind and the acquisition of knowledge as such, which often follows non-linear and non-deterministic paths that offer a valuable territory for philosophical reflection.

In any case, it is reasonable to pose the following questions: how should we understand the nature of the creative process? What is the meaning of “creativity,” broadly understood as the capacity to generate new ideas that show significant degrees of originality with respect to the antecedents from which they depart?1

Creativity is probably the most enigmatic concept of the human mind. For many, its very notion evokes a property that defies any logical explanation. Along this line, in which the exuberant echoes of romanticism still resonate,...

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