On the history of gospels of Altshuller's and Jesus's lives

Y. B. Karasik,
Thoughts Guiding Systems Corp.,
Ottawa, Canada.
e-mail:karasik@sympatico.ca

In 1996 I came across the web site on TRIZ by Semyon Savransky and contacted him. Our correspondence ensued and he requested me to write a history of TRIZ for his site. I asked him why he did not request it so far from other people. And he replied that he did request it, but the history of TRIZ was seemingly so dirty that nobody wanted to write it.

I knew that it was not dirty, that many people including those whom Altshuller brought to limelight, simply poured mud on him. That is why I agreed to satisfy his request and wrote to Semyon the following:

  1. The whole history has to be written by G.S. (Altshuller). The others can write reminiscences only. The situation resembles that of Jesus, which also had a lot of followers. The followers resolved the differences of opinion by writing not a history but a number of gospels.
Then I wrote my brief reminiscences and jokingly titled them "The gospel from Yevgeny Karasik"

Savransky put the above excerpt from my letter (without mentioning the source) as the introduction to the new section of his web site called "History of TRIZ", and put there my and Genady Filkovsky's reminiscences, which were also similarly titled "The gospel from Genady Filkovsky".

Almost 20 years passed by and recently I came across the article by Diana Starovoytova Madara from Kenya titled "Theory of inventive problem solving (TRIZ): his-story" [1]. In the Introduction section of the article I suprisingly read:

  1. "The situation resembles that of Jesus Christ who also had a lot of followers. The followers resolved the differences of opinion by writing not a history but a number of gospels. To avoid unnecessary discrepancies, neither the “gospel” from Genady Filkovsky - a student in the Altshuller's first School of the Inventive Creativity (Baku, 1970-1971) no the “gospel” from Yevgeny Karasik- member of the Altshuller's “kitchen cabinet” (1973-1981) was considered in this short paper.

There is no higher honour for an author than to know that his writings became folklore and nobody cites him anymore. Still for the sake of the historical truth I have to tell that the idea that crossed my mind when I wrote that letter to Savransky that there are several gospels so that to resolve the differences of opinion, turned out to be wrong. Later I learned that there are different gospels because they were intended for different audiences [2,3]. The gospel of Matthew was written for the Jewish audience and aimed to prove that Jesus was the Messiah. The gospel of Mark was written for a Roman audience, which had no idea of what Messiah meant. The gospel of Luke was written for the audience of intellectually minded. And the gospel of John was written for the audience, the composition of which is currently hard to comprehend.

On this scale my and Filkovsky's gosple is for "intellectually minded". Please keep it in mind.

R E F E R E N C E S:

1. Diana Starovoytova Madara, Theory of inventive problem solving (TRIZ): his-story., IJISET - International Journal of Innovative Science, Engineering & Technology, Vol. 2 Issue 7, July 2015

2. David Padfield, The four gospels

3. Don Steward, Why are there four gospels?