Aug. 12th, 2011

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Welcome to Navel Gazing 101!

Today we ask the question: What is art and where does it come from?

If we know, according to physics that matter and energy cannot be lost or gained, only converted from one to another, where does art come from?

There's certainly more art now than there was a hundred years ago. Ditto for music and computer programs.

Perhaps all of this data already existed somewhere in the universe. The face of the Mona Lisa could be the organization of grains of sand on the beach of a planet orbiting a distant star, the works of Beethoven might be the songs of cosmic dust blown through nebulae by the supernova of nearby stars. 4chan boards might exactly mirror the clouds of sulfurous gas leaking from a volcano. This idea that I'm espousing certainly isn't original, it's just a fun diversion. But ... which is more improbable? The conservation of ideas or that ideas spring from nothingness? :)

Okay sure, probably ideas spring from crosstalk in our own neural networks. Errant electrons and chemicals, artifacts of being analog computers but it's still kind of an interesting question, isn't it. I mean after all, we are able to take some of those ideas and persist them and create things that didn't exist in the universe prior to our making them and sharing those ideas in turn puts new combinations into our brains which generate new ideas and so it goes, we create data that did not exist in the universe. We create entire new universes inside books and songs and paintings. Listen to the sound of silence for a moment. What you are hearing is the sound that speaks the universe into existence. ॐ

Describe it.

Congratulations! You are now a full-fledged god. How does it feel? :)

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