Tesla and the Nature of Creativity 2015

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The International congress Nikola Tesla: The History of the Future and Knowledge Federation are pleased to announce the

International Public Dialog Tesla and the Nature of Creativity

at Sava Center, Belgrade, Hall 3, 10am - 1pm Saturday April 25, 2015

The physical dialog in Belgrade will be held in English and Serbian with simultaneous translation into English, and live-streamed (the link will be active during the event). It will initiate an international online dialog.

Genius inventor Nikola Tesla had a well-documented ability to conceive complex pieces of electro-mechanical machinery in a flash of insight. Based on some newer results in quantum physics, University of Belgrade Professor Dr. Dejan Raković developed a model by which the workings of this as he calls it direct creativity — seemingly impossible when considered within the still prevailing ‘classical’ worldview — can be understood, developed and applied in personal practice, education and teamwork. The outcome of the first phase of federation of Professor Raković’s result — where his research article is turned into a multimedia document with simple explanatory models and interviews with the author — will provide us a suitable impetus and framing for a public dialog about a spectrum of themes of central contemporary — and often also timeless — interest.

International expert guests / remote participants

  • Dr. Alexander Laszlo
As President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, Alexander Laszlo initiated the historical first systemic self-organization toward collective intelligence in an academic community; worked with Bela Banathy on social system design; contributed to the two volumes about the dialog as communication form edited by Banathy and Jenlink; with his father Ervin writes a manuscript titled “Beyond Spacetime — The New Science of Consciousness and the Meaning of Existence”.
  • Dr. Ramon Sangüesa
Professor and researcher in collective and artificial intelligence and knowledge media, at Technical University Catalonia and Center on Organizational Innovation, Columbia University, Dr. Sangüesa has for many years studied the creative processes of Catalonian master chef Ferran Adrià.
  • Dr. Vera Stanojević
'Dr. 'Vera Stnojević is an internationally awarded composer and musicologist, exploring the nature of creativity in the arts. "Brahms, Wagner and Richard Strauss talked about a state similar to trans, which they experienced while composing. [...] When Hindemith describes how he "in a flash of a moment he [sees]... the composition in its entirety", one cannot fail to remember Tesla's worlds, "The idea came like a flash of lightning and in an instant the truth was revealed".
  • Dr. David Peat's health condition is preventing him from joining us. He sends us his greetings and support.
Quantum physicist David Peat co-authored “Science, Order and Creativity” with David Bohm — his colleague who developed the dialog communication technique in its contemporary form; wrote “In Search of Nikola Tesla”, a book focusing on Tesla’s yet unrealized, and often hard to believe inventions; co-created the Pari Center for New Learning.



To seed and frame our dialog, Professor Raković’s result and our physical and online dialog procedures will be briefly explained and discussed.

  • 10:00 - 10:30 Dialog and the 21st Century Communication
Debate is the familiar style of communication where we – each believing our world picture is correct — undertake to convince others. Dialog is the style of communication where we – each acknowledging that our world picture is incomplete – undertake to make it more complete through careful listening and sharing. In a physical dialog, we become empowered to think and speak in new ways. In an online dialog, we begin to function as a creative collective mind, each of us contributing to a clearer understanding by us all.
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Quantum Mechanics of Tesla’s Creativity
We don’t describe how the Tesla-style direct creativity might ‘really work’ in quantum mechanics terms, but how we might imagine it work — by using pictures and familiar intuitive terms such as antennas, buttons and knobs. In this first step of knowledge federation Raković’s technical research article is turned into a multimedia object, which makes its practically most relevant and interesting insights accessible to non-scientists. A quantum mechanics-based explanation of the workings of a genius mind will offer both an uncommon understanding of creativity, and a way to include into our worldview other phenomena unexplained by classical science.

Each of the themes will be introduced by a 3 minute story. The participants will be asked to help us deepen our understanding of each theme through a co-creative dialog.

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Theme 1: Creativity as Praxis
Could we be incomparably more creative than we are? Imagine us as creativity athletes — in what way should we practice, live and perform? Are we inhibiting or even damaging Tesla-style creativity in education, academic research and business? How can we develop and manifest our full creative potential?
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Theme 2: Tesla as Cultural Icon
Professor Raković’s direct creativity model combines insights from contemporary physics to explain how Tesla’s creativity was related to his ethical and spiritual predisposition. Was the reason why Edison (and not Tesla) became the popular 20th century icon of a genius inventor the fact that Edison (unlike Tesla) fitted so well into the 20th century’s worldview and zeitgeist? Is Tesla challenging us to revisit the history and revise our understanding of ourselves and the world — and become able to radically reinvent our future?
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Theme 3: The 21st Century Worldview
In Physics and Philosophy the great quantum physicist Werner Heisenberg explained how the experience of modern physics amounted to a rigorous scientific disproof of the classical worldview. And in Potsdam Manifesto, Heisenberg’s ‘heir’ Hans-Peter Dürr challenged us to “learn to think in a new way”. By combining results from modern science with an Internet-based procedure for global dialog or ‘collective intelligence‘, the Tesla and the Nature of Creativity project undertakes to develop a foundation on which new worldviews can emerge. What social creation of truth and worldview might replace conventional science and philosophy? What new understanding of ourselves and of the world might emerge? What other latent abilities might we have, which our classical worldview prevented us from understanding and developing?
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Theme 4: The 21st Century Enlightenment
“The future will either be a product of an inspired cultural revival, or there will be no future”, wrote the co-founder and first president of The Club of Rome Aurelio Peccei, expressing a sentiment shared by a number of contemporary thinkers. When Tesla wrote that “when we start to study non-physical [today we would perhaps rather say “non-classical”] phenomena, we will progress more in ten years than we have for centuries”, was he pointing to a natural way to begin the next Renaissance?
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