"Remember to imagine and craft the worlds you cannot live without, just as you dismantle the ones you cannot live within."
Creativity isn’t exclusive to art but is general in nature. To think creatively is to be open to ideas and divergently generate new ones. STEM is just as creative as art.
The assumption that creativity is exclusive to art stems from the west’s obsession with self expression which stems from individualism. But there’s more to creativity than generating ideas that express the self. Creativity can be about solving problems for others so society can function. It can also be about discovering and interpreting meaning from the natural world.
The problem is also rooted in our flawed educational system that emphasizes rote memorization over creative thinking in STEM classes. Those that are drawn to creative thinking then assume those subjects aren't independently creative and can only be when they're centered around an art practice.
There’s nothing lesser about pursuing creative interests that are less self expressive. They have equal but distinct value.
It’s a dense compendium, but here’s what this idea of Sponge is roughly about:
Seeking the adjacent possible
Creating a mess
Believing Darwin is more important than Darwinism (or, whole people, not whole ideologies)
Slashes killing question marks
Becoming less predictable
Pursuing multiple interests
Competence first, confidence second
Remembering everything, yep, everything, is copy
creativity isn’t conceived as aiming at novelty or originality, but rather integration. Instead of aiming at something new, it aims at something that combines well with the situation of which it’s a part