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The Creative Spark - How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional

Agustín Fuentes

A bold new synthesis of paleontology, archaeology, genetics, and anthropology that overturns misconceptions about race, war and peace, and human nature itself, answering an age-old question: What made humans so exceptional among all the species on Earth? Creativity. It is the secret of what makes humans special, hiding in plain sight. Agustín Fuentes argues that your child's finger painting comes essentially from the same place as creativity in hunting and gathering millions of years ago, and throughout history in making war and peace, in intimate relationships, in shaping the planet, in our communities, and in all of art, religion, and even science. It requires imagination and collaboration. Every poet has her muse; every engineer, an architect; every politician, a constituency. The manner of the collaborations varies widely, but successful collaboration is inseparable from imagination, and it brought us everything from knives and hot meals to iPhones and interstellar spacecraft. Weaving fascinating stories of our ancient ancestors' creativity, Fuentes finds the patterns that match modern behavior in humans and animals. This key quality has propelled the evolutionary development of our bodies, minds, and cultures, both for good and for bad. It's not the drive to reproduce; nor competition for mates, or resources, or power; nor our propensity for caring for one another that have separated us out from all other creatures. As Fuentes concludes, to make something lasting and useful today you need to understand the nature of your collaboration with others, what imagination can and can't accomplish, and, finally, just how completely our creativity is responsible for the world we live in. Agustín Fuentes's resounding multimillion-year perspective will inspire readers-and spark all kinds of creativity.

A bold new synthesis of paleontology, archaeology, genetics, and anthropology that overturns misconceptions about race, war and peace, and human nature itself, answering an age-old question: What made humans so exceptional among all the species on Earth? Creativity. It is the secret of what makes humans special, hiding in plain sight. Agustín Fuentes argues that your child's finger painting comes essentially from the same place as creativity in hunting and gathering millions of years ago, and throughout history in making war and peace, in intimate relationships, in shaping the planet, in our communities, and in all of art, religion, and even science. It requires imagination and collaboration. Every poet has her muse; every engineer, an architect; every politician, a constituency. The manner of the collaborations varies widely, but successful collaboration is inseparable from imagination, and it brought us everything from knives and hot meals to iPhones and interstellar spacecraft. Weaving fascinating stories of our ancient ancestors' creativity, Fuentes finds the patterns that match modern behavior in humans and animals. This key quality has propelled the evolutionary development of our bodies, minds, and cultures, both for good and for bad. It's not the drive to reproduce; nor competition for mates, or resources, or power; nor our propensity for caring for one another that have separated us out from all other creatures. As Fuentes concludes, to make something lasting and useful today you need to understand the nature of your collaboration with others, what imagination can and can't accomplish, and, finally, just how completely our creativity is responsible for the world we live in. Agustín Fuentes's resounding multimillion-year perspective will inspire readers-and spark all kinds of creativity.
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A bold new synthesis of paleontology, archaeology, genetics, and anthropology that overturns misconceptions about race, war and peace, and human nature itself, answering an age-old question: What made humans so exceptional among all the species on Earth? Creativity. It is the secret of what makes humans special, hiding in plain sight. Agustín Fuentes argues that your child's finger painting comes essentially from the same place as creativity in hunting and gathering millions of years ago, and throughout history in making war and peace, in intimate relationships, in shaping the planet, in our communities, and in all of art, religion, and even science. It requires imagination and collaboration. Every poet has her muse; every engineer, an architect; every politician, a constituency. The manner of the collaborations varies widely, but successful collaboration is inseparable from imagination, and it brought us everything from knives and hot meals to iPhones and interstellar spacecraft. Weaving fascinating stories of our ancient ancestors' creativity, Fuentes finds the patterns that match modern behavior in humans and animals. This key quality has propelled the evolutionary development of our bodies, minds, and cultures, both for good and for bad. It's not the drive to reproduce; nor competition for mates, or resources, or power; nor our propensity for caring for one another that have separated us out from all other creatures. As Fuentes concludes, to make something lasting and useful today you need to understand the nature of your collaboration with others, what imagination can and can't accomplish, and, finally, just how completely our creativity is responsible for the world we live in. Agustín Fuentes's resounding multimillion-year perspective will inspire readers-and spark all kinds of creativity.

Language:

English

Length:

10h 28m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:22


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:18


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:20


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:46


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:13


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:26


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:49


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:38


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:39


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:39


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:44


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:14


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:07


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:25


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:32


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:46


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:45


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:56


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:04


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:39


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:09


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:16


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:04


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:55


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:37


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:15


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:07


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:39


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:05


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:03


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:15


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:38


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:57


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:22


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:23


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:29


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:05


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:54


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:25


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:11


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:16


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:01


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:38


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:45


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:46


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:31


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

09:08


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

09:18


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:28


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

00:30