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The Creative Spark 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 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 things have stayed throughout the centuries Why things stick and then others don t How traits carry on through the years despite them seeming undesirable.While I don t plan on going into evolutionary psychology or theory although it s fascinating I know all of this thanks to my classes Not just psychology, but cultural anthropology My professor started out talking about the last common ancestor LCA and sort of on through there since you have to know the basics of hominids.All of that being said, I have ample background on this topic Practically everything Fuentes mentioned in his book I had either heard before or it was a slightly different twist on it I wish he had spent time on some things, but 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 read it as gibberish in between the super interesting facts about human evolution.I would recommend this book even with the slightly college textbook feel It s incredibly This book was a easy read for me as I was familiar with Jared Diamond s books, it was almost like reading a summary of every chapter in Guns, Germs and Steel with a tinge too much of moral justifications added. La chispa creativa es un libro de divulgaci n cient fica, combina c modamente informaci n de diversas ramas de las ciencias, tales como paleontolog a, arqueolog a, antropolog a biol gica y social, qu mica, entre otras El an lisis se centra especialmente en la creatividad humana y la cooperaci n, enfocando su papel en la evoluci n del g nero Homo y de nuestra propia especie, Homo The author did a good job of discussing what anthropologists and evolutionary biologists know about the origins and development of creativity in humans There are things we really don t know and others we can have confidence in based upon the evidence discovered Some of these lines of evidence and the conclusions they reach can challenge traditional ideas about how we think of ourselves and how we became who we are The emphasis on the amount of cooperation we needed to evolve both from biological and cultural perspectives is a recurring theme in the book.Care The Creative Spark by Agust n 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 we were bipedal Fuentes describes how we slowly stopped dwelling in trees and abandoned walking on all fours entirely Our brains got bigger and along with bigger brains came new creative thinking Thoughts of using items on the ground as tools or altering them to make them useful is what distinguished our species from our primate relatives Fuentes beautifully unfolds the tale of our evolution and special creative thinking and argues why he believes that the creativity used in a painting or sculpture comes from the hunting gathering creativity used millions of years ago.Because there is a lot of information to give about human evolution, the book is split into four unique parts Sticks and Stones , What s for Dinner , War and Sex , and The Great Works Sticks and Stones and What s for Dinner are 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 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 Snot 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. This wasn t the kind of book I was expecting, but it was a fascinating anthropological study on human creativity. Un llibre molt llarg i molt ben documentat sobre com l esp cie humana s both el pitjor i el millor. 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 ove

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