Creative Cognitive Semantics

From the article: “participants with higher creative activities and achievements had semantic memory networks that were less segregated and more efficient”. So, creative utility is a function of a globally-distributed semantic potential (as memory, encoding, storage). The more semantic combinatorial possibility, the greater the potential creative “depth” of a cognitive system.

If “creative cognition involves the abilities to generate remote associations and make useful connections between unrelated concepts in one’s semantic memory”, then the possibility (as probability) of semantic cross-reference seems to be a plausible source of creativity. I suggest this because it is much cheaper to store the orientation towards connectivity (as exploration) than it is to exploit baked in symmetries and specialisations (as “greedy exploitation” in reinforcement learning terms).

This all seems to be pointing towards, and yet hardly begins to illuminate or define, a common function as potential for cross-reference as semantic hybridisation. Vernon Mountcastle was pursuing the kernel function of the brain and I imagine that it probably exists in these liminal spaces between pattern instances as bias and orientation, rather than set algorithm.

Context: How Our Knowledge of the World Embedded in Brain Connectivity Shapes Our Creativity

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