The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional

The Creative Spark How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional In the tradition of Jared Diamond s million copy selling classic Guns Germs and Steel a bold new synthesis of paleontology archaeology genetics and anthropology that overturns misconceptions abo

  • Title: The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional
  • Author: Agustín Fuentes
  • ISBN: 9781101983942
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the tradition of Jared Diamond s million copy selling classic Guns, Germs, and Steel, 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 ofIn the tradition of Jared Diamond s million copy selling classic Guns, Germs, and Steel, 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 Agustin 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 Agustin Fuentes s resounding multimillion year perspective will inspire readers and spark all kinds of creativity.
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    • Dannii Elle says:

      I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Agustin Fuentes, and the publisher, Dutton Books, for this opportunity.This non-fiction details the history of humanity's creative spirit emerging in perhaps the most obvious and yet unforeseen of ways. This isn't concerned with the, so-called, creative geniuses, but with the everyday man and woman.The earliest hunter-gatherers showed signs of this creative spark in their use of fire and the construction of [...]

    • Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his) says:

      This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.Being a psychology major, you have to have a passing familiarity with evolution. Not just our old ancestors, but more than that. Knowing that you can track the progression of human brain growth and how/when skills might have been acquired by looking at the size of a skull. Then you can compare humans and apes, seeing what may or may not match up. How humans could have become the way they are.Then, there's evolutionary psychology with how thi [...]

    • Adriana says:

      A deep and very well researched work on the importance of creativity from an anthropological point of view. Fuentes presents the “creative spark” as the element that differentiates us from other creatures and helped humans become the dominant species on Earth.It is all incredibly interesting, alas; it’s presented in a very dry voice. I’m pretty sure that someone who actually studies Anthropology will find it riveting and will understand all the mentions of topic specific elements. I just [...]

    • Alaia M. says:

      The Creative Spark by Agustín FuentesDutton and Random Penguin House, 2017, 340 pagesNonfiction The Creative Spark is a fascinating book that tells the story of the evolution of our unique creativity that made our species the (arguably) great species we are today. Fuentes believes that the creativity used in a child’s finger painting is the same creativity that inspired early Homo to work together, make tools, hunt, and gather. The book begins at the very beginning of our species, even before [...]

    • Jerry says:

      This is an interesting book about the evolution of humans and the role of creativity in that process. Here is a little of what is argued in the book. Some animals have the capacity to use objects as tools. For example, chimpanzees can use lightly modified sticks, and unmodified stones. They learn this behavior from others. Early hominin species were making Oldowan tools around 2.5 million years ago. “Making and using stone tools involves much more information, collaboration, and creativity tha [...]

    • Liz says:

      I’m not sure why I picked up The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional by Agustin Fuentes, the chair of anthropology at the University of Norte Dame. It’s thick: 292 pages of text with 33 pages of aft notes. Fuentes’ thesis challenges the violence of humanity, the prominence of the “man the hunter, man the killer” theory of human development. Instead, he posits, it was collaboration, compassion, and community that caused humans- these “small, naked, fangless, hornle [...]

    • Diego says:

      "Creativity is built on interconnections of ideas, experiences, and imagination. Whether in the physics lab, artist's studio, the mechanic's garage, or even figuring out how to make a small paycheck last until the end of the month, creativity is everywhere in the human experience. We are creative every day."The present book is a work of non-fiction focusing on how primates evolve into creativeness. The book does not focus on known creative geniuses but, in fact, ordinary pre-homo sapiens hominid [...]

    • Yip Jung Hon says:

      The main point of the book is that human creativity and ingenuity played, and continues to play, a colossal role in shaping our lives. However, I got tangled up in the mess of explanations that had little or nothing to do with the central argument -- such as the behaviors of other animals, fascinating as they may be. This book went off track many times! Furthermore, many explanations of how our behaviors evolved were highly theoretical, and while the explanations were theoretically plausible, it [...]

    • D.R. Oestreicher says:

      Many disciplines strive to answer questions like these: What makes humans unique? Why have they been so successful? Recent progress in evolutionary biology, anthropology, and other diverse fields have provided novel suggestions, but the answer remains as elusive as ever. However, the two-decade success of Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond has made such books a genre of their own. The Creative Spark by Agustin Fuentes is one of the latest entries putting forward the premise that creative co [...]

    • Jessika says:

      This was really solid, accessible, and interesting. I especially enjoyed the chapter on religion--it was definitely a new way for me to think about how religion (both early and the later evolution to the big three today) developed. The role of creativity, of wishing/hoping, in questioning how we came to be in this environment, really isn't an angle that I had considered, and that while god(s) may have been around since the beginning, we had to develop a certain amount before we could have that r [...]

    • Mike Putnam says:

      Overall, a solid introductory treatment of the notion of creativity/imagination and how it made humans exceptional in the further development of our species. One point that is a bit puzzling is the subtle lack of clarity in delimiting and distinguishing 'creativity' from 'imagination' proper. It's unclear if these two concepts are identical with one another or under which conditions they should be bifurcated. Aside from this point, the general guiding thesis provides a nuanced treatment on the e [...]

    • Samantha Magrini says:

      I’m sure for someone without a background in anthropology this would be an enlightening read. I will say that it’s positives are that it’s well written for the layman, and flows fairly effortlessly. However, I feel that much of it is based on subjective information, rather than hard fact or data, and that when given the opportunities to really buckle down and provide some detailed insight on an area of focus, it is instead glossed over with caveats of ‘we may never know’. Worth taking [...]

    • Laura Anne says:

      Anthropology is the interesting part - especially at how much is guess work. The views about the how fast humans developed due to creative cooperation is fascinating and is directly applicable to the teaching profession. It would also, in my mind, be a warning for the increasing isolation of our children and their developing brains.The author draws a lot of broad conclusions and eventually gives you a template to live by, which was odd.

    • A. J. says:

      3.5 to 4 stars for a very thorough book dissecting myths and best guesses of the drivers of human (homo sapien sapien) evolution/"success." Fuentes goes through a myriad of ideas, data, educated guesses and tries to support his supposition that creativity is what separated us and led to our rapid selection as the sole hominid (who have taken over the planet like no animal before.)

    • Michele says:

      A well researched Book on the importance of creativity from an anthropological point of view. Fuentes presents the “creative spark” as the element that differentiates us from other creatures and helped humans become the dominant species on Earth.It does have a "textbook" feel to it, being on the "dry' side. Someone who actually studies Anthropology might have a different opinion though.

    • Laura says:

      This intriguing book vacillates between readable, riveting, research based insights to something more for a true scientific anthropologist, and then sways back into the amazing, powerful, insights for all message. I liked this book, but the writing style isn't for everybody.

    • Carmelo Valone says:

      A pretty amazing book that breaks down not just the history of 'creativity as an artist,' but also that of how creative thinking, and problem solving has evolved within the confines of (mostly) humankind.

    • Camille A says:

      not awful but not worth the read

    • Ady ZYN says:

      Highly recommended!!!

    • Steve Egger says:

      Super interesting- too much to take in through a single reading. Need to reread at some point.

    • Sfahrney says:

      Interesting premise - makes sense. Not a quick read but worthwhile.

    • Ashley says:

      Loved it! The evolution of creativity. Literally! A well written story on how we wouldn’t be here as a species, if we weren’t creative. I enjoyed the evolutionary journey.

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