Emergence of Life and Creativity

  • Ruth Richards
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


Evolutionary speculation explores origins of hominid creativity—among many marvelous dynamic emergences and cosmic creations following a putative Big Bang, over almost 14 billion years. Atoms, galaxies, worlds, life, organisms, mind, and onward. A triumphant achievement for life forms was conscious awareness and meta-awareness. Reflection and self-reflection, a chance to imagine untold alternatives, to change things. For individuals and groups too, aided by dreams, symbols, metaphors, narrative, languages, memory, sharing of results; cultural evolution joins and interacts with biological evolution. Enter futures one may choose. Not necessarily for humans only. A Birth of Creativity. Yet how well have we humans done so far? Is there another leap ahead?

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth Richards
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  1. 1.PsychologySaybrook UniversityOaklandUSA

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