And two opposing ideas, a paradox, as Richard Feynman says, is "only a conflict between reality and your feeling of what reality 'ought to be'". Seeing things for what it is. That's intelligence. The creative act of music, as Kenmochi-san silently articulated through his SWOT analysis, is as much an art as it is a business.
Isn't his formula a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat) analysis?
Through some major alignment of stars, I got to chat with the legendary J-Pop producer Kenmochi-san. As a “creator” writing and making YouTube videos on the internet, I needed to know - “How do you create hits?” His smile softened, he leaned in, and quietly, he counted off his 4 step hit formula: 1. Analyze your own hits against your meh songs to find the difference 2. Analyze your own hits against each other to find similarities 3. Compare your own hits with others' to find similarities and differences 4. Connect it all and don't forget to add your own ”wrinkle” so you mark your unique sound
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind and still retain the ability to function. - F Scott Fitzgerald
"Science is about exploring new ways of conceptualizing the world. At time, radically new. It is the capacity to constantly call our conceptions into question. The visionary force of a rebellious, critical spirit, capable of modifying its own conceptual basis, capable of redesigning our world from scratch.” - Carlo Rovelli
Science sees our world as it, and our world as it could be. Science is creative. Art is creative. Or as Leonardo da Vinci declared, “To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
Our default mind sees a divided reality marked by arbitrary boundaries - creativity is for starving artists and business frameworks are for wealthy MBAs. Our creative mind sees a connected reality by blurring those convenient lines on the map. Creativity blurs boundaries in attempt to connect and hold two opposing thoughts at the same time and function.
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