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.
“The Runaway Species approach[es] creativity scientifically but sensitively, feeling its roots without pulling them out.” —The Economist
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About the Author
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
Image Credits 254