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Creative Contingencies: Predictive Processing, 4E Cognition and the Case of the Novel

Kukkonen, Karin (2024) Creative Contingencies: Predictive Processing, 4E Cognition and the Case of the Novel. [Preprint]

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Things do not have to be the way they are, and this article argues that creativity can be usefully understood as an exploration of such contingency. It draws on empirical evidence from novelists’ processes and projects in order to develop a theoretical approach to creativity through novelists’ particular awareness of contingency and their readiness to manipulate it with their practices and then integrating it into literary form. The key role of contingency for understanding creativity is discussed in relation to recent attempts to capture creativity in the predictive-processing framework and in relation to notions of sensorimotor contingency in contexts of embodied, enactive, extended and embedded cognition. The specificity of the novel as a creative project lies in its particularly ill-defined problem space and a long-term dynamics of open-ended interactions in embodied contexts. From a discussion of these features emerges a sharpened understanding of recursivity and embedded modelling in creativity. In the final section, I use the complex case of the novel as the basis for proposing a model of creativity across contexts in the lifeworld.

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Item Type: Preprint
Kukkonen, Karink.b.kukkonen@ilos.uio.no0000-0001-5240-3280
Keywords: Creativity; Predictive Processing; Sensorimotor Contingencies; Literature
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Depositing User: Karin Kukkonen
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2024 17:08
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2024 17:08
Item ID: 23105
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Date: 2024

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