The Origins of Creativity

cover of book The Origins of CreativityBook Title & Author:
The Origins of Creativity by Edward O. Wilson

Why do you think the LSSU Campus should read this book? How will it build community? start conversations? encourage social engagement? empower critical thinking? Will it inspire an engaging TEDxLSSU theme?
An eloquent exploration of creativity, The Origins of Creativity grapples with the question of how this uniquely human expression―so central to our identity as individuals and, collectively, as a species―came about and how it has manifested itself throughout the history of our species. Creativity permeates the entire campus and informs everything we do. I fully expect that this book would make an excellent TEDxLSSU theme.
As part of this book, Wilson calls for a transformational “Third Enlightenment,” in which the blending of creative endeavors will give us a deeper understanding of the human condition and our crucial relationship with the natural world.

Description from publisher’s site:
“In a stirring exploration of human nature recalling his foundational work Consilience, Edward O. Wilson offers a “luminous” (Kirkus Reviews) reflection on the humanities and their integral relationship to science. Both endeavors, Wilson argues, have their roots in human creativity—the defining trait of our species. By studying fields as diverse as paleontology, evolution, and neurobiology, Wilson demonstrates that creative expression began not 10,000 years ago, as we have long assumed, but more than 100,000 years ago in the Paleolithic Age. A provocative investigation into what it means to be human, The Origins of Creativity reveals how the humanities have played an unexamined role in defining our species. With the eloquence, optimism, and pioneering inquiry we have come to expect from our leading biologist, Wilson proposes a transformational “Third Enlightenment” in which the blending of science and humanities will enable a deeper understanding of our human condition, and how it ultimately originated.”

Additional Information: This title is available in both Kindle and Audiobook format.  It is available as a paperback in November 2018.

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