Origins of Human Innovation and Creativity Book

Origins of Human Innovation and Creativity

  • Author : S. Elias
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release Date : 2012-08-29
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 142
  • ISBN 10 : 9780444538215

Origins of Human Innovation and Creativity Excerpt :

Innovation and creativity are two of the key characteristics that distinguish cultural transmission from biological transmission. This book explores a number of questions concerning the nature and timing of the origins of human creativity. What were the driving factors in the development of new technologies? What caused the stasis in stone tool technological innovation in the Early Pleistocene? Were there specific regions and episodes of enhanced technological development, or did it occur at a steady pace where ancestral humans lived? The authors are archaeologists who address these questions, armed with data from ancient artefacts such as shell beads used as jewelry, primitive musical instruments, and sophisticated techniques required to fashion certain kinds of stone into tools. Providing 'state of art' discussions that step back from the usual archaeological publications that focus mainly on individual site discoveries, this book presents the full picture on how and why creativity in Middle to Late Pleistocene archeology/anthropology evolved. Gives a full, original and multidisciplinary perspective on how and why creativity evolved in the Middle to Late Pleistocene Enhances our understanding of the big leaps forward in creativity at certain times Assesses the intellectual creativity of Homo erectus, H. neanderthalensis, and H. sapiens via their artefacts

Mobilities and Human Possibility Book

Mobilities and Human Possibility

  • Author : Vlad Petre Glăveanu
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-08-26
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 109
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030520823

Mobilities and Human Possibility Excerpt :

This book brings together mobilities and possibility studies by arguing that the possible emerges in our experience in and through acts of movement : physical, social and symbolic. The basic premise that mobility begets possibility is supported with evidence covering a wide range of geographic and temporal scales. First, in relation to the evolution of our species and the considerable impact of mobility on the emergence and spread of prehistoric innovations; second, considering the circulation of people, things and creative ideas throughout history; third, in view of migrations that define an individual life course and its numerous (im)possibilities; and fourth, in the ‘inner’, psychological movements specific for our wandering – and wondering – minds.This is not, however, a romantic account of how more mobility is always better or leads to increased creativity and innovation. After all, movement can fail in opening up new possibilities, and innovations can cause harm or reduce our agency. And yet, at an ontological level, the fact remains that it is only by moving from one position to another that we develop novel perspectives on the world and find alternative ways of acting and being. At this foundational level, mobilities engender possibilities and the latter, in turn, fuel new mobilities. This interplay, examined throughout the book, should be of interest for researchers and practitioners working on mobility, migration, creativity, innovation, cultural diffusion, life course approaches and, more generally, on the possibilities embedded in mobile lives.

Where Good Ideas Come From Book
Score: 4
From 28 Ratings

Where Good Ideas Come From

  • Author : Steven Johnson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2010-10-05
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101444207

Where Good Ideas Come From Excerpt :

A fascinating deep dive on innovation from the New York Times bestselling author of How We Got To Now and Unexpected Life The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough technologies that push forward our lives, our society, our culture? Steven Johnson's answers are revelatory as he identifies the seven key patterns behind genuine innovation, and traces them across time and disciplines. From Darwin and Freud to the halls of Google and Apple, Johnson investigates the innovation hubs throughout modern time and pulls out the approaches and commonalities that seem to appear at moments of originality.

Creativity Book


  • Author : Elkhonon Goldberg PhD, ABPP
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-01-02
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190466510

Creativity Excerpt :

What is the nature of human creativity? What are the brain processes behind its mystique? What are the evolutionary roots of creativity? How does culture help shape individual creativity? Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation by Elkhonon Goldberg is arguably the first ever book to address these and other questions in a way that is both rigorous and engaging, demystifying human creativity for the general public. The synthesis of neuroscience and the humanities is a unique feature of the book, making it of interest to an unusually broad range of readership. Drawing on a number of cutting-edge discoveries from brain research as well as on his own insights as a neuroscientist and neuropsychologist, Goldberg integrates them with a wide-ranging discussion of history, culture, and evolution to arrive at an original, compelling, and at times provocative understanding of the nature of human creativity. To make his argument, Goldberg discusses the origins of language, the nature of several neurological disorders, animal cognition, virtual reality, and even artificial intelligence. In the process, he takes the reader to different times and places, from antiquity to the future, and from Western Europe to South-East Asia. He makes bold predictions about the future directions of creativity and innovation in society, their multiple biological and cultural roots and expressions, about how they will shape society for generations to come, and even how they will change the ways the human brain develops and ages.

Evolutionary Origins and Early Development of Number Processing Book

Evolutionary Origins and Early Development of Number Processing

  • Author : David C. Geary
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release Date : 2014-11-04
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780128008881

Evolutionary Origins and Early Development of Number Processing Excerpt :

The first volume in this ground-breaking series focuses on the origins and early development of numerical cognition in non-human primates, lower vertebrates, human infants, and preschool children. The text will help readers understand the nature and complexity of these foundational quantitative concepts and skills along with evolutionary precursors and early developmental trajectories. Brings together and focuses the efforts and research of multiple disciplines working in math cognition. The contributors bring vast knowledge and experience to bear on resolving extant substantive and methodological challenges to help advance the field of basic number processing. Introductory sections and summaries will be included to provide background for non-specialist readers.

Learning Among Neanderthals and Palaeolithic Modern Humans Book

Learning Among Neanderthals and Palaeolithic Modern Humans

  • Author : Yoshihiro Nishiaki
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2019-11-27
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 218
  • ISBN 10 : 9789811389801

Learning Among Neanderthals and Palaeolithic Modern Humans Excerpt :

This book is based on the research performed for the Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans Project. The central issue of the project is the investigation of possible differences between the two populations in cognitive ability for learning. The project aims to evaluate a unique working hypothesis, coined as the learning hypothesis, which postulates that differences in learning eventually resulted in the replacement of those populations. The book deals with relevant archaeological records to understand the learning behaviours of Neanderthals and modern humans. Learning behaviours are conditioned by numerous factors including not only cognitive ability but also cultural traditions, social structure, population size, and life history. The book addresses the issues in two parts, comparing learning behaviours in terms of cognitive ability and social environments, respectively. Collectively, it provides new insights into the behavioural characteristics of Neanderthals and modern humans from a previously overlooked perspective. Furthermore, it highlights the significance of understanding learning in prehistory, the driving force for any development of culture and technology among human society.

Homo Creativus Book

Homo Creativus

  • Author : Todd Lubart
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2022-06-07
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030996741

Homo Creativus Excerpt :

This book focuses on creativity and showcases a specific approach to creativity. It uses a new 7 C’s basis for understanding creativity (creators, creating, cooperation, context, creations, consumption, and curricula). This new approach to creativity is an extension of the 4 ‘P’ approach (person, process, press, and product) which has dominated the literature since the 1960s. In each section, there are two chapters, which illustrate work on the topic and focus on some key issues.

The Diversity of Hunter Gatherer Pasts Book

The Diversity of Hunter Gatherer Pasts

  • Author : Bill Finlayson
  • Publisher : Oxbow Books Limited
  • Release Date : 2017-06-30
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781785705915

The Diversity of Hunter Gatherer Pasts Excerpt :

This thought provoking collection of new research papers explores the extent of variation amongst hunting and gathering peoples past and present and the considerable analytical challenges presented by this diversity. This problem is especially important in archaeology, where increasing empirical evidence illustrates ways of life that are not easily encompassed within the range of variation recognised in the contemporary world of surviving hunter-gatherers. Put simply, how do past hunter-gatherers fit into our understandings of hunter-gatherers? Furthermore, given the inevitable archaeological reliance on analogy, it is important to ask whether conceptions of hunter-gatherers based on contemporary societies restrict our comprehension of past diversity and of how this changes over the long term. Discussion of hunter-gatherers shows them to be varied and flexible, but modelling of contemporary hunter-gatherers has not only reduced them into essential categories, but has also portrayed them as static and without history.It is often said that the study of hunter-gatherers can provide insight into past forms of social organisation and behaviour; unfortunately too often it has limited our understandings of these societies. In contrast, contributors here explore past hunter-gather diversity over time and space to provide critical perspectives on general models of ‘hunter-gatherers’ and attempt to provide new perspectives on hunter-gatherer societies from the greater diversity present in the past.

The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity Book

The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity

  • Author : James C. Kaufman
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-04-25
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 783
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107188488

The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity Excerpt :

The largest and broadest-ranging Handbook of creativity yet, presenting comprehensive, rigorous, and up-to-date scientific scholarship on creativity.

Animal Innovation Book

Animal Innovation

  • Author : Simon M. Reader
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 0198526210

Animal Innovation Excerpt :

Based on papers from a symposium held at the International Ethological Congress in Tuebingen, Germany, Aug. 2001.

Crossing the Human Threshold Book

Crossing the Human Threshold

  • Author : Matt Pope
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-11-22
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315439303

Crossing the Human Threshold Excerpt :

When was the human threshold crossed? What is the evidence for evolving humans and their emerging humanity? This volume explores in a global overview the archaeology of the Middle Pleistocene, 800,000 to 130,000 years ago when evidence for innovative cultural behaviour appeared. The evidence shows that the threshold was crossed slowly, by a variety of human ancestors, and was not confined to one part of the Old World. Crossing the Human Threshold examines the changing evidence during this period for the use of place, landscape and technology. It focuses on the emergence of persistent places, and associated developments in tool use, hunting strategies and the control of fire, represented across the Old World by deeply stratified cave sites. These include the most important sites for the archaeology of human origins in the Levant, South Africa, Asia and Europe, presented here as evidence for innovation in landscape-thinking during the Middle Pleistocene. The volume also examines persistence at open locales through a cutting-edge review of the archaeology of Northern France and England. Crossing the Human Threshold is for the worldwide community of students and researchers studying early hominins and human evolution. It presents new archaeological data. It frames the evidence within current debates to understand the differences and similarities between ourselves and our ancient ancestors.

How to Fly a Horse Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

How to Fly a Horse

  • Author : Kevin Ashton
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2015-01-20
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385538602

How to Fly a Horse Excerpt :

As a technology pioneer at MIT and as the leader of three successful start-ups, Kevin Ashton experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton leads us on a journey through humanity’s greatest creations to uncover the surprising truth behind who creates and how they do it. From the crystallographer’s laboratory where the secrets of DNA were first revealed by a long forgotten woman, to the electromagnetic chamber where the stealth bomber was born on a twenty-five-cent bet, to the Ohio bicycle shop where the Wright brothers set out to “fly a horse,” Ashton showcases the seemingly unremarkable individuals, gradual steps, multiple failures, and countless ordinary and usually uncredited acts that lead to our most astounding breakthroughs. Creators, he shows, apply in particular ways the everyday, ordinary thinking of which we are all capable, taking thousands of small steps and working in an endless loop of problem and solution. He examines why innovators meet resistance and how they overcome it, why most organizations stifle creative people, and how the most creative organizations work. Drawing on examples from art, science, business, and invention, from Mozart to the Muppets, Archimedes to Apple, Kandinsky to a can of Coke, How to Fly a Horse is a passionate and immensely rewarding exploration of how “new” comes to be.

Origins Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings


  • Author : Jim Baggott
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-06-06
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780192561978

Origins Excerpt :

What is life? Where do we come from and how did we evolve? What is the universe and how was it formed? What is the nature of the material world? How does it work? How and why do we think? What does it mean to be human? How do we know? There are many different versions of our creation story. This book tells the version according to modern science. It is a unique account, starting at the Big Bang and travelling right up to the emergence of humans as conscious intelligent beings, 13.8 billion years later. Chapter by chapter, it sets out the current state of scientific knowledge: the origins of space and time; energy, mass, and light; galaxies, stars, and our sun; the habitable earth, and complex life itself. Drawing together the physical and biological sciences, Baggott recounts what we currently know of our history, highlighting the questions science has yet to answer.

Explaining Creativity Book

Explaining Creativity

  • Author : R. Keith Sawyer
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2006-01-19
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 363
  • ISBN 10 : 9780195161649

Explaining Creativity Excerpt :

Creativity is part of what makes us human. Perhaps for the first time, we hold in our grasp the potential to explain creativity.

An Archaeology of Innovation Book

An Archaeology of Innovation

  • Author : Catherine J. Frieman
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-03-09
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN 10 : 1526132648

An Archaeology of Innovation Excerpt :

An archaeology of innovation is the first monograph-length investigation of innovation and the innovation process from an archaeological perspective. It interrogates the idea of innovation that permeates our popular media and our political and scientific discourse, setting this against the long-term perspective that only archaeology can offer. Case studies span the entire breadth of human history, from our earliest hominin ancestors to the contemporary world. The book argues that the present narrow focus on pushing the adoption of technical innovations ignores the complex interplay of social, technological and environmental systems that underlies truly innovative societies; the inherent connections between new technologies, technologists and social structure that give them meaning and make them valuable; and the significance and value of conservative social practices that lead to the frequent rejection of innovations.