Chapter published in:Creative Confluence
Johan F. Hoorn
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature 16] 2014
► pp. 275–292
Chapter 7. Creation
The virtuality of epistemics
The ACASIA process accounted for the way combinatory creativity unfolds and the ensuing Creative Sigmoid explained the accumulation of creations, both being nourished or impeded by a host of factors, most importantly, having access to the largest possible diversity in the information universe. How much of that information universe is available to the creator or audience is a matter of openness of perception and the level of tolerance to deviation. The current chapter discusses the relation between perception and creation: After all, all creators start out as creators of fiction because, previous to execution, their vision lingers in imagination. Creators deliberately seek to make fiction to expand the problem space and increase the opportunities for finding alternative solutions at the cost of ‘truth telling.’ Additionally, the creator is the first perceiver of his or her work while the audience serves as co-creator in delivering their interpretations. Epistemics of the Virtual is a theory explaining how a perceiver deals with fiction and the attribution of truth. It also shows how a perceiver becomes a creator once the understanding of novel comparisons turns into making novel combinations. Taken in unison, the output of ACASIA contributes to the development of the Creative Sigmoid, which in turn is inputted to Epistemics of the Virtual again, and so the cycle continues.