GV Art & Mind Symposium 5: Arthur Miller

‘Creativity in science and art’ 
Creativity: What is it? How does it happen

Professor Arthur I Miller


Arthur I. Miller is emeritus professor of history and philosophy of science at University College London.

Arthur Miller says:
How does the mind transform incoming sensations into knowledge? This is the key problem faced by cognitive science. The kind of knowledge I will discuss tonight is insights in art and science that have led to dramatic breakthroughs such as Einstein’s theory of relativity and Picasso’s development of Cubism. To explore this I use correspondence, manuscripts, drafts and whatever else is available from artists and scientists as data for cognitive scientific theories such as Jean Piaget’s genetic epistemology, gestalt psychology, concepts from cognitive science which include long term and short term memory, metaphors and visual imagery, and the concepts of ‘beauty’ and ‘aesthetics’. I have combined elements of these theories into what I call the ‘Network Model of Thinking’. I will also venture into Carl Jung’s analysis of dreams.

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