My favorite talks at TEDxFlanders 2011: Jean-Paul Van Bendegem

“If you do logical analysis, you get problems. (…) And if you want to try to solve problems, you need creativity. So (…) logical analysis needs creativity. It’s even better. If you want to inverse the whole story. If you want to be creative you need to explore. But if you want to explore you will need maps for exploration. Such maps need logical analysis. So inevitably, creativity needs logical analysis.” (Jean-Paul Van Bendegem)

Last Saturday, I was honored to be a guest at this year’s edition of TEDxFlanders. Together with 1,000 others I went to the Antwerp opera house to experience a day full of inspiring talks, touching music, marvellous dance acts, nice food, great weather, and meetings with wonderful people.

In the following posts I will publish my favorite talks of the day. The first in the row is Jean-Paul Van Bendegem’s talk about the false opposition between logic and creativity.

“Jean-Paul Van Bendegem is a mathematician and philosopher of science. He is a prominent professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and part-time guest professor at Ghent University. He is vice president of SKEPP (Research Society for Critical Evaluation of Pseudoscience and the Paranormal), president of the NCNL (National Centre for Logical Investigation), and chief editor of their quarterly magazine Logic and Analysis.” (source:


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