The Origins of Creativity

The Origins of Creativity

eBook - 2017
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In a stirring exploration of human nature recalling his foundational work Consilience, Edward O. Wilson offers a "luminous" (Kirkus Reviews) reflection on the humanities and their integral relationship to science. Both endeavors, Wilson argues, have their roots in human creativity--the defining trait of our species. By studying fields as diverse as paleontology, evolution, and neurobiology, Wilson demonstrates that creative expression began not 10,000 years ago, as we have long assumed, but more than 100,000 years ago in the Paleolithic Age. A provocative investigation into what it means to be human, The Origins of Creativity reveals how the humanities have played an unexamined role in defining our species. With the eloquence, optimism, and pioneering inquiry we have come to expect from our leading biologist, Wilson proposes a transformational "Third Enlightenment" in which the blending of science and humanities will enable a deeper understanding of our human condition, and how it ultimately originated.
Published: New York :, Liveright Publishing Corporation,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781631493195
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Feb 10, 2019

Its wonderful to read from those who are deeply knowledgeable in some field and expanding their view of the universe and entering the weird land of philosophy. Unfortunately, Wilson makes sweeping statements, and silly stereotyping of the diverse range of fields lumped together under the label 'humanities'. His very own suggestion about situating the fields within their biological contexts has been done already in philosophy several times and even other areas, such as military history, has also done so. Nonetheless, this is clearly and earnestly written, and has a useful further reading guide.

Dec 06, 2018

Edward O Wilson is a gift to mankind. Man is one of the best and he writes so beautifully easy to understand even if he is talking about hard things.
This book is not a standard creativity book.
It is more a biological book which is similar to his Consilience book, it tracks the history of human through gene evolution, cultural gene evolution and before sapiens, 1300 cc brain, how humanities is lagging behind other science how it help us to improve and understand creativity and us more. Also talk about narrow focus on human brain for creativity but forgetting other animals

Apr 15, 2018

Incoherent, overreaching.

Feb 05, 2018

Not exactly what I was expecting, but thought-provoking nonetheless. Wilson provides an interesting take on the science vs. art debate, and makes a convincing case for science and art. Indeed, the two are inextricably linked by evolution.

This quick read deftly lays out the biological antecedents of humanity's creative capacity, and why we tell the stories we tell.


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