The Origins Of Creativity
- Evolution and Paleontology, Best of 2017
The key to human being
"Creativity is the unique and defining trait of our species," begins Edward O. Wilson's sweeping look at the humanities and its 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. Along the way, he synthesizes myriad factors, from the invention of language to our creative pursuits to the perils of our unique advancement as a species.
The ultimate goal of Wilson's synthesis? A transformational "Third Enlightenment" that will enable a deeper understanding of the human condition and our crucial relationship with the natural world.
"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?
"Within The Origins of Creativity, E.O. Wilson returns to his most fertile-and most controversial-ideas: the role of biology within human behavior. Always forging ahead, he considers our most abstract behaviors: the apprehension of beauty and our yearning to recreate it. The grand result is a wholly new take on how even our most monumental ideas trace their origins to the organic expression of our human biology."-Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl
"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 Lightman, physicist, novelist, and professor of the practice of the humanities at MIT
About the Author
Edward O. Wilson is one of the world's preeminent biologists and naturalists. The author of more than thirty books, including The Meaning of Human Existence and Letters to a Young Scientist, Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||October 3, 2017|