Homo lumens Flys a Horse — Recommended Reading

Ashton, Kevin, How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery2015, New York: Doubleday.  

Click here for an interactive companion to the book.

“The question is not whether invention is the sole province of a tiny minority but the opposite: how many of us are creative?  The answer, hidden in plain sight, is all of us…Creating is not extraordinary, even if its results sometimes are.  Creation is human.  It is all of us.  It is everybody” (p. 9)

Kevin Ashton is an inventor and thought leader, who works with brilliant people in industry and at MIT.  He finds that everyone everywhere is creative.  “Creation surrounds us.  Everything we see and feel is a result of it or has been touched by it.  There is too much creation for creating to be infrequent” (10).  “Creation is so around and inside us that we cannot look without seeing or listen without hearing it.  As a result, we do not notice it at all.  We live in symbiosis with new.  It is not something we do; it is something we are” (11).

In Ecosynomic terms, we experience the source of creativity, what people describe as their relationship to spirit, as highly vibrant when we see it in everyone everywhere all of the time.  We feel low vibrancy when we only experience that creativity is provided by the special ones who came before, often received in the form of a guide book.  What if, as Kevin Ashton observes, people are creative, all people?  What if people are built that way?  This is the observation that the human deep relationship with light and the very frequent use of light metaphors might be because humans are light forms, Homo lumens.  If people are light, if people are the creative force, then they experience more of themselves when they experience greater vibrancy in the relationship to the source of creativity (spirit) and to the process of creativity (nature), as it is experienced in the relationship to self, other, and group.

As Kevin Ashton describes it, “We occupy the evolutionary niche of new.  The niche of new is not the property of a privileged few.  It is what makes humans human…Put simply, we all have creative minds.  The human race’s creative power is distributed in all of us, not concentrated in some of us” (12-13).

How to Fly a Horse provides many rich examples of normal people discovering creative solutions, adding on to what others had learned before them, showing that the “creative myth” that only the extremely gifted are creative is patently wrong.  I highly recommend this entertaining and insightful book.

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