The Runaway Species: How human creativity remakes the world

The Runaway Species: How human creativity remakes the world

by David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt

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Overview

“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 . . . shows how both disciplines foster creativity.” —The Wall Street Journal



The Runaway Species approach[es] creativity scientifically but sensitively, feeling its roots without pulling them out.” —The Economist




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. David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt 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?


Eagleman and Brandt 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936787524
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 369,367
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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.

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What do NASA and Picasso have in common? 1

Part I New Under the Sun

1 To innovate is human 13

2 The brain alters what it already knows 33

3 Bending 55

4 Breaking 74

5 Blending 91

6 Living in the B-hive 105

Part II The Creative Mentality

7 Don't glue down the pieces 133

8 Proliferate options 147

9 Scout to different distances 163

10 Tolerate risk 171

Part III Cultivating Creativity

11 The creative company 189

12 The creative school 215

13 Into the future 244

Acknowledgments 252

Image Credits 254

Bibliography 260

Notes 277

Index 286

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