Creativity -Randomness Vs Deterministic
Seemingly random events can have deterministic causes.
Let’s take the example of a football game. The time, at which ball hits the goal, looks random. It is almost impossible to predict how many times the ball hits the gaol on one side. Yet, we know that it will be a result of the game played by both sides of the players. So if we know the relative efficiencies and game plans of both sides the probability of guessing how many goals may hit the goal post increases. The probability of guessing goal increases as is the information about its cause increases. If we know in what direction the ball moves at each moment of the game in advance, we can predict about the goals that both sides will do. The number of goals may look random, but they can be calculated based on certain information.
Similarly an invention can be a result of seemingly random thoughts (similar to Brownian motion) striking correctly in the mind of the inventor. Alternately, it can also be a result of the external circumstances the inventor undergoes.
The trigger for creativity can be a chance event with in our understanding, like the trigger for goal that was scored.
The trigger can be from outside our understanding like the “flash out of a blue in a scientist’s mind”, which does not seem to originate from the thoughts in his mind.