The Odyssey of Co-Creation: Sailing between Scylla of Solipsism and Charybdis of Objectivism

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The concept of experiential co-creation is presented as a narrow epistemological way, the following of which prevents one from falling prey to the solipsistic monster of Scylla and from being drowned in the objectivistic whirlpools of Charybdis. The concept proposes an equally active, co-creative role of the mind and its physical environment in constructing every sensation experienced by the subject. It is derived by following a systemic inference path extending from the particulars to the universals. Specifically, it was demonstrated that while the appearance of a crystal prepared by chemical means tends to reflect its intrinsic propensities, specifically crystallographic symmetry, it also tends to be definable by means of environmental constraints imposed on it during its formation. This mutuality of involvement of intrinsic and extrinsic potentials in defining the qualities of physical systems was then extended to atomic, molecular, cellular, organismic and societal scales, before being translated into the concept of experiential cocreation. Its metaphysical and practical implications are outlined too. In the end, the idea was iterated that an idea must not remain an idea only and that it must be lived if its true potentials are to be fulfilled. The circle starting with the Odysseus’ journey, symbolic of being, continuing into the realm of knowledge and ending with its transmutation into being again, was thus closed.


This article was originally published in Biocosmology - Neo-Aristotelism, volume 5, issue 2, in 2015.


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