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On the interaction between cultural and biological evolutionary processes in generating artistic creativity

Allen, Rory and Heaton, Pam F.. 2018. On the interaction between cultural and biological evolutionary processes in generating artistic creativity. Progress in Brain Research, ISSN 0079-6123 [Article]

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A standard approach to the topic of artistic creativity would begin with definitions of art and creativity, and an attempt to analyse the causes and mechanisms of each. We propose however to set out in a slightly different direction. It may help to use the comparative method, and examine the arts and creativity in a wider context, that of the production of works of the intellect more generally, and specifically, in relation to creativity in the sciences.

The comparative method as a means of discovering cultural origins in anthropology has fallen into disfavour. However, it has its uses in the present connection. Viewing the arts alongside the sciences may suggest questions that help in understanding the arts themselves, but would not occur in a more narrowly focused approach. For example, are the arts unique, or do they share many aspects with the sciences? How does creativity arise, and are there any common features in artistic as compared with scientific creativity? What if any brain functions are common to both?

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Creativity, Blind variation and selective retention, Cultural evolution, Music, Artistic creativity, Scientific creativity, Aesthetics,Chimerical emotions

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17 May 2018Accepted
30 April 2018Published

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19 Jun 2018 10:52

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19 Jun 2018 11:48

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/23514

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