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The Origins of Creativity

The Origins of Creativity

'An intellectual hero ... A superb celebrator of science in all its manifestations' Ian McEwan 'Darwin's great successor' Jeffrey Sachs The legendary biologist Edward O. Wilson offers his most philosophically probing work to date 'Creativity is the unique and defining trait of ou... read full description below.

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Published 3 December 2018 by Penguin
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Author(s) By Wilson, Edward O.
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ISBN-13 9780141986340
ISBN-10 0141986344
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date 3 December 2018
International Publication Date 29 November 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Wilson, Edward O.
Category Popular Psychology
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 191g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Creative ability, Creation Literary, artistic, etc
NBS Text Popular Psychology
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 153.35
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

'An intellectual hero ... A superb celebrator of science in all its manifestations' Ian McEwan 'Darwin's great successor' Jeffrey Sachs The legendary biologist Edward O. Wilson offers his most philosophically probing work to date 'Creativity is the unique and defining trait of our species; and its ultimate goal, self-understanding,' begins Edward Wilson's sweeping examination of the humanities and their relationship to the sciences. By studying fields as diverse as paleontology, evolutionary biology and neuroscience, Wilson demonstrates that human creativity began not 10,000 years ago, as we have long assumed, but over 100,000 years ago in the Paleolithic Age. Chronicling the evolution of creativity from primates to humans, Wilson shows how the humanities, in large part spurred on by the invention of language, have played a previously unexamined role in defining our species. Exploring a surprising range of creative endeavors - the instinct to create gardens; the use of metaphors and irony in speech; or the power of music and song - Wilson proposes a transformational 'Third Enlightenment' in which the blending of science and the humanities will enable us to gain a deeper understanding of the human condition, and how it ultimately originated.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A meditation on how our genetic and cultural nature shapes our experience of the world, and how that in turn influences the form and content of our creative output ... A stimulating ride -- Dan Jones * Nature * From our senior statesman of Science comes this fascinating, eloquent, and important reflection on the vital kinship between the Humanities and the Sciences, the well of creativity fueling them both, and our need as a species to combine their truths to deal with today's demanding problems. It's a message that couldn't be more timely -- Diane Ackerman, author of 'The Zookeeper's Wife' An intellectual hero ... A superb celebrator of science in all its manifestations -- Ian McEwan Darwin's great successor ... One of humanity's greatest and most intrepid explorers -- Jeffrey Sachs Wilson speaks with a humane eloquence which calls to us all -- Oliver Sacks As always, Wilson tosses off astonishing insights with charming ease (he's a master of the lyrically short sentence). These profoundly humane meditations on nature, creativity, and our primal yearnings will delight his longtime fans and provide newcomers with the perfect introduction to the career and ideas of one of our most distinguished living scientists--whose high-school nickname, I was enchanted to learn, was 'Snake Wilson -- Jim Holt, author of 'Why Does the World Exist?' With his trademark boundless intellect and elegant writing, Wilson argues that we need both the sciences and the humanities in order to understand the deep origins of what makes us human -- Alan Paige Lightman, physicist, novelist, and Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at MIT
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Edward O. Wilson is widely recognized as one of the world's pre-eminent biologists and naturalists. The author of more than twenty books, including Consilience, The Diversity of Life, The Social Conquest of Earth, The Meaning of Human Existence and Letters to a Young Scientist, Wilson is a Professor Emeritus at Harvard University. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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