ORIGINS OF CREATIVITY

Book number: 90449 Product format: Hardback Author: EDWARD O. WILSON
By pushing further into the realm of science, especially fields such as evolutionary biology, neuro-science and anthropology, Pulitzer prize-winning author Edward O. Wilson calls for a transformational 'Third Enlightenment', in which the blending of these endeavours will give us a deeper understanding of the human condition and our crucial relationship with the natural world. In his profound and lyrical book, one of our most celebrated biologists offers a sweeping examination of the relationship between the humanities and sciences and what they both have to offer. Reflecting on the deepest origins of language, story telling and art, Wilson demonstrates how creativity began not 10,000 years ago as assumed, but over 100,000 years ago in the Palaeolithic Age. Chronicling this evolution of creativity from primate ancestors to humans, spurred on by the invention of language, Wilson explores what we can learn about human nature from a surprising range of creative expressions - the instinct to create gardens, the use of metaphors and irony in speech, and the power of music and song. Our achievements in science and the humanities makes us uniquely advanced as a species, but also gives us the potential to be supremely dangerous, most worryingly in our abuse of the planet. Boundless intellect and elegant writing deepens our understanding about our creative impulse and yearning to recreate beauty. 246pp in US first edition, illus.
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