What the #®¥§≠$@ is Creativity?





Creativity is The Holy Grail of the Cognitive Sciences and it is very important for researchers in the Computer Sciences and AI fields. Although all attempts to explain and replicate intelligence have so far failed, the quest remains a key part of their research. This paper takes two innovative approaches. First, we see cognitive processes as involving rule-following
and as flexible, even chaotic, heuristics. This first concept uses a multi-heuristic concept without any complexes as mixed-cognition. Second, we propose abduction which, though seldom employed in this specific debate, is nonetheless a good way to explore creativity. Using both strategies, along with analysis of specific human creativity cases, we suggest
a new cognitive paradigm that is both more realistic and truthful than hitherto. The idea is to offer a new way to achieve more powerful, complex artificial reasoning systems.


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Biografies de l'autor/a


He was a awarded a pre-doctoral scholarship at Barcelona’s Autonomous University‘s (UAB) Department of Philosophy through Spain’s University Faculty Training programme (FPU-2015). This led to UAB awarding him a PhD in Cognitive Science and Language for his thesis on prescriptive aspects of abductive reasoning. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher in The Philosophy of Science field (the programme “Understanding the Limits of Cognition: uncertainty, abduction, creativity, naturalisation of irrationality and ordinary reasoning, computational domestication of ignorant entities”) in the Humanities Department (Philosophy Section) at the University of Pavia, Italy.

Jordi Vallverdú, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

He is a researcher at the ICREA Academy (Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies) and a faculty member at Barcelona Autonomous University (UAB), where his research focuses on science, computation, and cognition. He has published extensively and his current funded research spans: epidemiological causation (GEHUCT group); biomedical innovation (TECNOCOG, Technology and Cognition Study Group), philosophical aspects of collaborative networks (Apphil - Recercaixa), Citizen Science (H2020 CSI-COP, EU Horizon Project 2020 “Citizen Scientists Investigating Cookies and App GDPR Compliance”); causality in Deep Learning.


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Com citar

Sans Pinillos, A. and Vallverdú, J. (2021) “What the #®¥§≠$@ is Creativity?”, Debats. Revista de cultura, poder i societat, pp. 135–147. doi: 10.28939/iam.debats-en.2021-9.