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The runaway species : how human creativity remakes the world / Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman.
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9781936787524
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New York : Catapult : distributed by Publishers Group West, 2017.

©2017
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296 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents:
Introduction: What do NASA and Picasso have in common? -- Part I. New under the sun -- To innovate is human -- The brain alters what it already knows -- Bending -- Breaking -- Blending -- Living in the B-hive -- Part II. The creative mentality -- Don't glue down the pieces -- Proliferate options -- Scout to different distances -- Tolerate risk -- Part III. Cultivating creativity -- The creative company -- The creative school -- Into the future.
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This powerful, wide-ranging exploration of human creativity explores how individuals, organizations, and educational institutions can benefit from fostering it.
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"The authors look at art and science together to examine how innovations―from Picasso's initially offensive paintings to Steve Jobs's startling iPhone―build on what already exists and rely on three brain operations: bending, breaking and blending. This manifesto of sorts shows how both disciplines foster creativity." ― The Wall Street Journal

The Runaway Species is a deep-dive into the creative mind, a celebration of the human spirit, and a vision of how we can improve our future by understanding and embracing our ability to innovate. Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman seek to answer the question: what lies at the heart of humanity's ability--and drive--to create?

Our ability to remake our world is unique among all living things. But where does our creativity come from, how does it work, and how can we harness it to improve our lives, schools, businesses, and institutions?

Brandt and Eagleman examine hundreds of examples of human creativity through dramatic storytelling and stunning images in this beautiful, full-color volume. By drawing out what creative acts have in common and viewing them through the lens of cutting-edge neuroscience, they uncover the essential elements of this critical human ability, and encourage a more creative future for all of us.


Author Notes

Anthony Brandt is a composer and professor at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. He is also Artistic Director of the contemporary music ensemble Musiqa, winner of two Adventurous Programming Awards from Chamber Music America and ASCAP. Brandt has received a Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet-the-Composer and the Houston Arts Alliance. He has co-authored papers on music cognition published in the journals Frontiers and Brain Connectivity . Brandt has written two chamber operas and works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, dance, theater, film, television, and sound and art installations. He currently lives in Houston with his wife and children.

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and the New York Times bestselling author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and Sum . He is the writer and host of the Emmy-nominated PBS television series The Brain . Eagleman is an adjunct professor at Stanford University, a Guggenheim fellow, and the director of the Center for Science and Law. He has written for the New York Times, Discover Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, Wired and many others, and he appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC.


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