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The evolution of imagination, Stephen T. Asma

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The evolution of imagination
Title
The evolution of imagination
Statement of responsibility
Stephen T. Asma
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Consider Miles Davis, horn held high, sculpting a powerful musical statement full of tonal patterns, inside jokes, and thrilling climactic phrases all on the fly. Or think of a comedy troupe riffing on a couple of cues from the audience until the whole room is erupting with laughter. Or maybe it's a team of software engineers brainstorming their way to the next Google, or the Einsteins of the world code-cracking the mysteries of nature. Maybe it's simply a child playing with her toys. What do all of these activities share? With wisdom, humor, and joy, philosopher Stephen T. Asma answers that question in this book: imagination. And from there he takes us on an extraordinary tour of the human creative spirit. Guided by neuroscience, animal behavior, evolution, philosophy, and psychology, Asma burrows deep into the human psyche to look right at the enigmatic but powerful engine that is our improvisational creativity the source, he argues, of our remarkable imaginational capacity. How is it, he asks, that a story can evoke a whole world inside of us? How are we able to rehearse a skill, a speech, or even an entire scenario simply by thinking about it? How does creativity go beyond experience and help us make something completely new? And how does our moral imagination help us sculpt a better society? As he shows, we live in a world that is only partly happening in reality. Huge swaths of our cognitive experiences are made up by "what-ifs," "almosts," and "maybes," an imagined terrain that churns out one of the most overlooked but necessary resources for our flourishing: possibilities. --
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Asma, Stephen T
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Creative ability
  • Imagination
Label
The evolution of imagination, Stephen T. Asma
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The second universe -- The creative body -- Drawing, dreaming, and visual improvisation -- Spinning the yarn : creating with language -- Blowing away the self : creativity and control -- The politics of imagination : trading fours
Control code
ocn958779907
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9780226225166
Lccn
2016056665
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)958779907
Label
The evolution of imagination, Stephen T. Asma
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The second universe -- The creative body -- Drawing, dreaming, and visual improvisation -- Spinning the yarn : creating with language -- Blowing away the self : creativity and control -- The politics of imagination : trading fours
Control code
ocn958779907
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9780226225166
Lccn
2016056665
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)958779907

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