Fingerprints of Chaos, Nuance, and Creativity

  • Ruth Richards
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


How did one Nobel Prize winning scientist, Barbara McClintock, intuit—working as much artistically as scientifically—truths about genetic processes, studying corn? Why are so many outstanding scientists also artists? What is the “intimation” in Wallas’s stages of creativity that draws one in? Are there links to the “nuance” that has engaged many creative processes, including Einstein’s. We actually meet the infinite most everywhere, through the beautiful fractal forms of nature, and their self-similar patterns, at large/small scales, throughout our lifeworld (and in mathematics), from rivers and trees to brains and blood vessels. The life force reveals itself in “fingerprints of chaos” through “chaotic attractors” in complexity theory, also perhaps explaining new depths of mind and memory, and the pull of nuance. Is part of this even epigenetic?

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  • Ruth Richards
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  1. 1.PsychologySaybrook UniversityOaklandUSA

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