Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. I missed posting last week’s provocative question because I was busy hosting out-of-town guests and didn’t have time to come up with one. But I’m back this week.
Anyway, by provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.
What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.
Some very smart people claim that there is nothing new under the sun. Now I’m not normally one to reference The Bible, but in the Book of Ecclesiastes, the author complains frequently about the meaninglessness and monotony of life. One entire passage reads, “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”
And this got me wondering whether or not there is, in fact, nothing new under the sun. I’ve wondered aloud about this before, in a post I wrote back in April 2018, where I discussed the Original Thought Theory. It suggests that anything anyone can ever think of has already been thought of by someone else. That seems to imply that human life is one big “been there, done that.”
So my provocative question this week is:
Are there limits to human creativity? Is it be possible for humans to create something completely novel and new that is based on nothing that previously existed? Or is human creativity just rearranging and building on previous ideas?
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