Here’s a great new book by Agustin Fuentes, The Creative Spark. He starts with a pretty standard claim: that compared to all other animals, including our close primate relatives, creativity is what makes humans special. But what’s new here is that Fuentes says that it’s not just creativity–it’s creativity combined with social collaboration. I make a similar argument in my book, Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration–that collaboration drives all creativity.
Here are some of Fuentes’ statements:
Our humanness can be attributed to our ancestor’s collaborative creativity.
The spark of creativity emerges from the way that our ancestors made social lives and social innovations central.
Science is rooted in deep patterns of human creativity and collaboration.
This is great stuff!
Note: in the quotations I’ve drawn on paraphrases from a book review by David Barash, in the WSJ July 22-23 2017.