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9. the creativity of the WANDER-— ING MIND . . . 146 • The Wandering Mind Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. —Steve Jobs The brain is never inactive, the mind never still. For at least half of our lives, our minds are wandering away from the chores of  life— the homework, the tax

6 Calculating Machines, Creativity, and Humility from Leibniz to Turing As soon as someone gets a computer to do it, people say: “That’s not what we meant by intelligence.” People subconsciously are trying to preserve for themselves some special role in the universe. m i c h a e l k e a r n s , 20041 In 1844, the satirical periodical Punch carried a series of testimonials about the power of one J. Babbage’s “New Patent Mechanical Novel Writer” (fig- ure 6.1). An E. L. Bulwer of Lytton, Bart., proclaimed himself “much pleased with Mr. Babbage’s Patent Novel

3 THE NORA AND EDWARD RYERSON LECTURE Shakespeare, Newton, and Beethoven, or Patterns of Creativity Prefacing a somewhat derogatory criticism of Milton, T. S. Eliot once stated that "the only jury of judgement" that he would accept on his views was that "of the ablest poetical practitioners of his time." Ten years later, perhaps in a more mellow mood, he added: "the scholar and the practitioner, in the field of literary criticism, should supple- ment each others' work. The criticism of the practitioner will be all the better, certainly, if he is not

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Series: Synthesis