It is the Platonic philosophy, the classical Latin that outlines the general etymology of the word idea. It is comprehensibly the “archetype of a thing in the mind of God” of a phenomenon, a form, or even a sense from the result of thinking. Plato’s ideology asserts that an idea is an innate pattern existing in our brain. It recognizes the imperfect or the incomplete from the normal and tries to derive their origin. His ideology states, what qualifies must be immutable and perfect and be able to represent itself as the principle of reality.
Interestingly enough, in Kantian thought, the term idea stems from empiricism—experience is the only knowledge. It is empirical when the experience has a concept of reasoning. It is important, however, to note that empiricism does not include what derives from determinism, but only from autonomous decisions and involvement.
Philosopher Descartes gives another interpretation: an idea is an image or a representation. His belief is that the thoughts trailing in one’s head are essentially graphics, or things that belong to the category of idea in our brain storage. Like Plato, Descartes is firm that ideas are natural; if the conscious innate image is true, then the idea must be real.
In a subjective interpretation, ideas are the elements that drive the design process. It originates from sources of inspirations such as life experiences, travels, stories, researches, precedents, to observing another’s work. In today’s society, our culture seems to focus heavily on innovation. Reading from Steve Job’s quote, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower, ” the implied stress and pressure to generate a revolutionary idea is evident. To keep up, ingenious notions must be born regularly, and always be kept up-to-date to lead the trend.
Copyright protection for an invention, or a patent is a regulation we face in current civilization. Copyright monopolizes tangible property inspired by an idea, whereas a patent protects ideas from becoming tangible medium of expression. Especially in the areas of technology and software corporations, patent wars are common. A recent example can be that of Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a lawsuit where Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. was litigated for alleged violation of Apple Inc.’s patents such as the design and user interface, and programming. Subsequently, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. counter-sued Apple Inc. for alleged infringement of their wireless patent. Rulings vary from country, but the point is, with such innovation and creativity, complications arise. It blurs the fine line between things such as ownership versus licensing terms, and the amount of consideration for the general good of people and the industry. To what extent should an idea be protected? How much usage of an idea breaches the authority?
No idea is ever created from nil, but it is from experience, or reference from instances. It is important to recognize that ideas are just developments of a pre-existing idea, or a number of notions or sources combined. Excellent ideas take time to develop, and are rarely produced in a prompt. Rather, it requires many processes and iterations to become its best.
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