Why

Our ideas are how we see our world. We think with ideas. Ideas are how we communicate. Ideas are how we create connections. Creating connections with ideas is how we learn. Creating connections with ideas is how we create relationships. Creating connections with ideas is how we create community.

Our ideas about our world and how things are and how things work can contribute to or militate against our interests and our ability to create community.

We can only connect the dots we can see in front of us. The creative process, the creative experience, and the art of creating lies in exploring what we can do and what we choose to do next in the context of our changing experience, our changing environment, our changing point of view, – our knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of our world, our changing environment, and our changing interests.

Creating connections with ideas is how we create our knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of my world, of how things are, how it works, what we care about, and what possibilities we care to contribute to creating.

Creating connections with ideas is how we create our world. Connecting the dots creates new ways of seeing, thinking, and feeling about the world and new ideas about what we can do and how we can live and what we can create and who we can become.

We improve our ability to create connections when we have community on a common language of ideas. Ideas in common contribute to creating connections in understanding what we are communicating and improve our ability to explore interests we have in common, how we see, think, and feel about our experience of our world, and what we can do in our creative interests.

Our ideas are rooted in our culture. Our ideas contribute to creating how we see, think, and feel about our world and what we do, and how we do things. Our ideas contribute to creating our culture. Our culture is how we know ourselves and how we are known. We are known by what we say and do and how we say and do things.

Our ideas about our world and how things are and how things work can contribute to or militate against our interests and our ability to create possibilities for ourselves, for our community, and for our future. Every connection leads to another.

Roger Chilton
My Point of View

Ideas are the vocabulary of thought

These ideas constitute the vocabulary of everyone’s thought. Unlike the concepts of the special sciences, the words that name the Great Ideas are all words of ordinary, everyday speech. They are not technical terms. They do not belong to the private jargon of a specialized branch of knowledge. Everyone uses them in ordinary conversation. But everyone does not understand them as well as they can be understood, nor has everyone pondered sufficiently the questions raised by each of the Great Ideas. To think one’s way to some resolution of the conflicting answers to these questions is to philosophize.

Mortimer Adler
How to Think About the Great Ideas

Creative Connections

Ideas in Common
Interest in Ideas
The Science of Probabilities
The Art of Possibilities
Exploring our Nature
Exploring Our Culture
Exploring our Experience
Creating a New World