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Ignoring the fact that I haven't posted anything since January (you should've expected at least that much, coming from me), I wanted to discuss a question for all who wish to share their thoughts: is there an end to creativity, innovation, or genius?
I spend a lot (read: nearly all) my time thinking about such topics, and while I wish that humanity can continue to create and innovate for as long as time stands, I find myself also thinking that there must be an end.
There are theories that state that we will never understand all the complexities of the universe (galaxy, space, etc.) that we exist in and, while it won't take much to convince most of us of this conclusion, it also presents some obvious limitations. One limitation provided by these theories (which I won't link because I can't think of their names) is that we will never be able to move at or faster than the speed of light, which in turn means we may never actually get the chance to fully explore the Milky Way galaxy, let alone whatever other number of galaxies there are. Similarly, it is highly unlikely that we, as beings that experience the world in 3 dimensions, will ever be able to experience with any higher number of dimensions, let alone interact with them at will.
This is all to say that because we, as a collective body of knowledge, will never experience all that there is possible to experience, that puts a natural limiter on what we can create or innovate. I want to clarify—this is not to say "creation" or "innovation" are limited, in fact I think they are limitless, but rather the capabilities of humans cap off at a finite point. We see a lot of this in our lives today: how many "new" things today are actually new, and not just upgrades, improvements, or rehashes of things that already exist? You could argue very well that certain new advances are the product of innovation (i.e., driver-less cars), but at what point does that come to an end?
Humans, by nature, tend to be tenacious about these things in my experience, and we will continue to claw at the wall that is in front of us until it eventually crumbles away. I acknowledge that and really do appreciate that tenacity. Rather than being nihilistic and saying something like, "what's the point of this if there is a finite end?", I am actually pretty eager to see just how far we can go, at least in my time here on Earth.
What are your thoughts? Do you think there is an end to human creation, innovation, or both? Anything that you have read that relates to this topic?