Following is the third narrative connected with the complex of
articles concerning *Information Dynamics*.
Its theme? The Primary Assumptions of the Creative Pulse. The setting: another Socratic conversation with the Zen men. For more background check out the *2nd narrative*, which was based upon an actual experience. On a Zen retreat - a sailing trip to Catalina Island – the life long friends posed on their difficult to answer Frequently Asked Questions.

Socrates the Digman: “In *your Pitch*[1],
you claimed that 'the easily comprehended mathematical models of Behavioral
Dynamics reveal how to tap into the Pulse of Life to maximize health,
productivity, inspiration and even fun*.*' (Thank you, Captain.) What are these
easily comprehended mathematical models?”

Waiter: “Most are based upon the Creative Pulse.”

Lawyer: “And what do they reveal?”

Waiter: “Processes for tuning into the natural cycles of Yin and Yang to align with the Patterns of the Tao.”

Captain: “That’s a little New Age for me. Translate please?”

Waiter: “The Creative Pulse reveals simple rules for tapping into the natural cycles of activity and rest.”

Socrates: “Rules in the sense that they can be broken?”

Waiter: “Exactly. These are not invariable principles – akin to the automatic equations of matter. Instead anyone can break these rules and suffer the consequences.”

Lawyer: “Consequences?”

Waiter: “Bad health, lack of vitality, uninspired, burned
out, bad luck … The list goes on and on.”

Lawyer: “Bad luck!?”

Captain: “Definitely in New Age territory now.”

Waiter: “Maybe. Maybe not. Tuning into natural rhythms
increases good fortune by enabling one to take advantage of opportunity when it
arises.”

Socrates: “I’m game. How do we tune into these natural
rhythms?”

Waiter: “Wait until the precise time to push the swing.”

Captain: “Or the exact moment to push off to catch the wave.”

Lawyer: “How about some techniques for surfing these
naturally occurring mathematical waves?”

Waiter: “Avoid Interruptions to maximize the Peak. Take a
Break after the Pulse has ended, but don’t cut it short. & Take advantage
of Quantized Energy Bursts, but don’t burn out.”

Socrates: “Slow
down, my friend. You’re speaking a foreign language. Let’s start with some underlying
concepts. Something we can get our mind around. First what is this Creative
Pulse?”

Waiter: “In essence it is a technical mathematical construct.
{Check out *CP: Intro* for details} But you don’t have to know anything about the
mathematics to understand the theory.”

Captain: “Don’t need to understand how a computer works to surf the Internet.”

Waiter: “Visually the Creative Pulse is a beautiful, as in elegantly simple, computer generated graph.”

Lawyer: “And what this graph represent?”

Waiter: “It models the Creative Process. The Zone, the
Threshold of Generation, and the Sector of Diminishing Returns, are just some
of its elements. {Check out *CP: Elements* for more details.}

Socrates: “How do we know these assertions are true? After all numbers don’t speak. You have projected some meaning on inert mathematics. What assurances do we have that your assumptions reflect reality? You must have reasons for believing your theory. What are they?”

Lawyer: “Yeah. What are the underlying assumptions behind this Creative Pulse Theory of yours?”

Captain: “We don't want to build our foundations on shaky
ground.”

Waiter: “The foundational assumption is that the Theory fits
the Evidence.”

Lawyer: “Just like in a court of law.”

Socrates: “To be reality based Theory must be rooted in the
Empirical. What kind of Empirical evidence drives the Creative Pulse Theory?”

Waiter: “The *Interruption Phenomenon* inspired my quest to
find a mathematical model.”

Lawyer: “The Interruption Phenomenon? Sounds pretty weird.”

Waiter: “Actually happens quite frequently. It’s simple. The
duration of an interruption seems to be disproportionate to its impact upon the
Session, whatever it might be. I’ve experienced this personally as a Creator.
Intimate theaters have institutionalized the phenomenon when they lock the
doors before the performance begins. Haven’t you experienced this annoying
distraction when giving a presentation?" (See *Unassailable Examples*.)

Socrates: “Why did you want to find a mathematical model?”

Waiter: “The underlying constructs of a successful
mathematical model define, or at least suggest, the nature of reality.”

Captain: “Whoa! That’s a big assumption.”

Waiter: “Actually a common human assumption. For instance: if all scientists agree that Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is true, amateur philosophers,
science fiction writers and even TV watchers entertain the notion of a
space-time continuum with distorted time – despite the fact that it
violates our common sense conception of reality.” (See *Creative Pulse: First Assumption*.)

Socrates: “Let me get this straight. If this is an
assumption, could it conceivably be false?”

Waiter: “Of course. Actually Copernicus challenged Ptolemy’s
earth-based universe construct even though the theory made accurate
predictions.” {See *Copernicus and Elegant Simplicity*}

Lawyer: “Then what criterion must be satisfied to verify the accuracy
of your model?

Captain: “We need some solid ground before we can begin
laying the cement.”

Waiter: “If a mathematical model satisfies the *three affirmations*, the constructs acquire validity.” {See *Creative Pulse: First Assumptions*}

Socrates: “Three affirmations?”

Lawyer: “Is this one of those ‘Secret’ things? Power of
positive thinking and such?”

Captain: “Or techniques for building self esteem?”

Waiter: “No. Just some technical requirements for building
confidence in a mathematical model or theory.”

Socrates: “And these are?”

Waiter: “First, the model must fit the requirements of the
Empirical. In my case the Creative Pulse fit the requirements of the
Interruption Phenomenon.”

Lawyer: “Requirements?”

Captain: “Are these like LSAT scores, grades, and the teacher
recommendations needed to get into law school?”

Waiter: “Exactly. In the case of the Interruption Phenomenon
the Creative Pulse had to somehow accurately model the Creative Session,
including Inspiration, and the disproportionate impact of an Interruption. Not
easy requirements to fulfill.”

Socrates: “Your mathematical model satisfied the first affirmation?"

Waiter: "To my satisfaction."

Socrates: "What are the others?”

Waiter: “If the mathematics extend into unrelated realms,
this is a big plus. But if the implications of the theory are experienced
experientially, this is the third, and probably most conclusive, affirmation.
Newton’s occult force of gravity has become real due its experiential
component. {See *Gravity, an occult force?*} Einstein’s space-time continuum has
remained in the realm of science fiction due to this lack.”

Captain: “Most of us don’t move close to the speed of light
very often.”

Socrates: “Has your Creative Pulse satisfied the three
affirmations?”

Waiter: “Yes. I experience the Pulse and its implications
multiple times daily.”

Lawyer: “So this means that your so-called constructs are
true?”

Socrates: “Or does it mean that we can assume that they are
true?”

Captain: “And then on the assumption that they are true, can we
cross-check the implications of the underlying constructs with our
perception of reality – to further validate or invalidate the theory.”

Socrates: “Or better yet. If we assume the constructs are
true, what does this tell us about the nature of reality?”

Lawyer: “And do we want to modify or change our perception of
reality based upon these theoretical models?”

Waiter: “Only if they make enough sense – if you
experience them deep inside your connective tissues – if you feel them to
be true with your Heart rather than just understanding them with your Brain,
then and only then do these constructs become real.”

Captain: “Have we slipped into New Age again?”

Socrates: “I think he is just saying that we must experience the concepts to know they are true."

Waiter: "Thank you. Digman."

Lawyer: "So what are these underlying constructs and their
implications?”

Waiter: “The Pulse is fading – moving into the sector of diminishing returns. Next Session.”