College of Arts and Sciences | Invention - Introduction to the Creative Encounter
X211 | 30900 | Vandivier

5:45 PM - 7:00 PM TR

The primary goal of the course is to teach how to invent.  The
emphasis is on outer creativity manifested as technological
invention or scientific discovery.  The theories used to grasp the
creative process can equally be used for creativity in the arts or
inner creativity.  Theories from the psychology of flow and Jung as
well as theories and metaphors from quantum mechanics and eastern
contemplative traditions will be explored.  The course will address
how to develop a strong self, yet remain open; become fluent in
domains of knowledge without becoming overly habituated; cultivate
the ability to listen to subtleties and nuances as well as the
ability to develop a tangible product.  The theories will also be
used to consider traits of inventors and heuristics they use.  They
also will be applied to understand the social contexts that enable
invention.  Various worldviews, ethics, and potential futures will
be explored to aid in considering the kind of future we want to
create.  The processes of patent application and entrepreneurship
will also be considered.  These and other related topics will be
covered in the course by a life-long inventor, patent holder,
developer, and entrepreneur with an interdisciplinary background
including several degrees from the IU Bloomington campus.  These
include: undergraduate degrees in History, Mathematics, Physics, and
Geology; a Masters degree in Geophysics; and a Doctorate from
Geosciences in an approach to optimizing resource allocation.  The
doctoral dissertation involved operations research methods, an
industry comprehensive abstract and mathematical model, database
methods, algorithms, techniques from numerical analysis, heuristics,
an object oriented platform, U.S. Patents, and strategies of use
that were ascertained from 15 years of commercial implementation of
these methods as a product and related consulting.  Other
developments for a variety of industries include mathematical
models, software, and electronic microcontroller applications - for
which U.S. Patents were also issued.