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Cultural Evolution Seminar series: The evolution of the creative process 

DESCRIPTION: Abstract: Much human cultural evolution stems from the creative innovations of individual persons, whose novel ideas or productions are valued and propagated by society. In this talk, I first describe the nature of the creative process as it is understood by psychologists. Next, to understand how the creative process impacts cultural evolution, I examine the possibility that the creative process itself is not historically invariant, but rather that it evolves over time. In elaborating this idea, I apply two biological frameworks: the ‘evolution of evolvability,’ whereby the evolutionary process itself becomes better at evolving over time, and ‘ontogenetic heterochrony,’ whereby small changes in the timing of developmental events can lead to profound morphological novelty. The application of these frameworks to human creativity provides a unified framework for understanding creativity, as well as informing cultural evolution – past, present, and future.  
DATE: Monday, March07, 2011
TIME: 12:50pm to 2:05pm 
LOCATION: 1141 Ingersoll Hall 
CONTACT: alenes@brooklyn.cuny.edu 
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NOTE: Please RSVP to Malene Schjoenning (malenes@brooklyn.cuny.edu) to reserve a seat. 
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