Inspired by Carl Sagan, the notion of “Unaccountable Innovations” is the awareness that new ideas, thoughts, breakthroughs, observations, realizations, epiphanies and the like are born out of an unknowable composite of influences that somehow converge into a new way of thinking.
When, for example, you wake up with a start with the solution to the problem that’s been consuming you, that’s an unaccountable innovation; when you’re busy doing something else — the dishes, perhaps, or taking out the garbage, or taking a shower, walking through the woods, gazing at the ocean, and an idea springs to mind, perhaps hatched by the unconscious, back-end invisible-processing machinery of the mind.
Unaccountability does not imply randomness. It is more likely the result of one’s cumulative experience and the dice-throw of genetics. Much, too, has been written lately on the role of luck — being at the right place at the right time, for instance, or capturing the elusive ‘idea whose time has come’ at precisely the right moment.
Some might credit mood, biorhythms, astrological forecast, a higher power, the book you’re reading or the movie you saw, what you ate for lunch, your age, the weather, or the person you’re with, for the surprising awareness that now illuminates your thoughts. There is no way to know for sure; new modes of thinking are often shrouded in a gentle cloak of mystery.
And what is innovation? It is a systemic modification in thinking: a metamorphosis, transformation, multilayered shift, a fresh way of looking at things. Once the mind has embraced an innovation it is absorbed into your consciousness — it becomes part of you.
This site is dedicated to a variety of unaccountable innovations. Together we’ll take a journey into the way things work and the thinking behind them. We’ll peek behind the curtain of mystery surrounding Carl Sagan’s marvelous notion of Unaccountable Innovations.
What binds these unaccountable innovations together are a burning desire to discover the underlying web of connections that represent the constellation of human experience.
These are the tributaries that converge and diverge in the river of one life.