The unconscious mind is more than practice for some endeavors. Isaac Asimov believed that a concrete step in research discovery was the “Eureka Phenomenon,” though it is rarely if ever acknowledged in the careful logging of research procedure. It’s the leap the mind makes when it is no longer consciously working on a problem, but engaged in a movie, or a book, or perhaps in sleep, and suddenly—Eureka! the solution. This is not news to creative writers—at least many of them—who rely on the unconscious mind to provide material and direction. Some writers (this one, too) present the mind a problem as they settle down to sleep, as they might present a project to a ghost writer. It doesn’t always work, of course, but more often than not.
NewsThe Universe Playing Strings, a novel, recently released by the University of New Mexico Press. For details visit R. M. Kinder.