Mind games for the Christmas holidays
During the holidays I took the opportunity to have more detailed talks with my son (His knowledge focuses primarily on physics but he is also pretty good in topics like quantum physics and artificial intelligence). As always, it was a very enjoyable conversation and a source of knowledge expansion for me. As a natural scientist, his knowledge of art is limited and he has so far been reluctant to engage in topics such as Daoism or Zen Buddhism.
Then, when we talked about AI  for a longer time, we let a program decide about different points of view and the result was stunning, to say the least.  I was speechless.
A few days later I tried to have an excerpt made by AI on the subject of Daoism and Zen Buddhism in art and this is what came out – hold on tight :
What AI says, answering my question: The Role of Dao and Zen in Chinese Painting
In Chinese painting, Dao and Zen are two closely related concepts that center around living in harmony with the natural world and finding inner peace and balance.
The Dao is a fundamental concept in Chinese philosophy that represents the natural order of the universe. It is often described as an underlying principle or “way” that underlies all things and phenomena. In traditional Chinese painting, the pursuit of the Dao is often connected to the concept of wu wei , or “non-action,” which emphasizes letting go of ego and intention and allowing the brush and ink to flow naturally. By embracing the principles of the Dao and wu wei, artists can create authentic, expressive works of art that are in harmony with the natural order of the universe.
Zen is a school of Buddhism that originated in China and strongly emphasizes mindfulness and enlightenment. In Zen philosophy, the goal is to achieve a state of mind that is free from the ego and distractions of the world and to cultivate a deep understanding of reality. In Chinese painting, the principles of Zen can be incorporated into the artistic process to achieve a state of mindfulness and let go of ego and intention.
Both Dao and Zen focus on living in harmony with the natural world and finding inner balance and peace. In Chinese painting, these concepts can serve as guiding principles for the artistic process, resulting in a more authentic and expressive style of art.
In traditional Chinese painting, the Dao is often depicted as a mysterious and unknowable force that is present in all things. It is a source of inspiration and guidance for artists who seek to connect with the Dao and allow it to inform their creative process. The Dao is also often represented symbolically through the use of natural elements such as mountains, rivers, and forests in Chinese painting. These elements are seen as expressions of the Dao and are often depicted in a way that reflects the rhythms and patterns of nature.
Overall, the essence of the Dao in Chinese painting is the idea of connecting with the underlying principle of the natural order of the universe and allowing it to inform the creative process. By embracing the Dao, artists can create authentic, expressive works of art that are in harmony with the natural world.
conclusion for me
Of course, I’m aware that you have to be careful with “labels” like Dao or Zen. But when I look at this AI-generated definition of it, I think I can definitely call a lot of my work Daoist.
It’s no longer a secret that AI is already playing an increasingly important role in graphics. But of course, her influence in the field of art can no longer be stopped. A co-blogger, Eric Wayne, wrote a very good and informative article on this: Will AI replace human artists?
While it might be tempting to use AI to create articles, I don’t want to do it. Just as little as I want to resort to AI in painting – or in the choice of a partner 🙂
 We are still in the early stages of artificial intelligence. At the latest when quantum computers are used on a broad scale, there will probably be a quantum leap in the application of AI.
 The main question was to what extent quantum physics confirms certain statements of Zen Buddhism. I posted about this earlier.
 Actually, there were 2 similar questions and therefore there was a certain overlap in the result, which I then removed in this article.
 wu wei (無為). I’ve touched on the term wu wei several times and will explain it in more detail in a separate post.
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