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The Artful Mind: Cognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity
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Mark Turner
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The Artful Mind: Cognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity

Mark Turner


Oxford University Press

Theory of art;
Theory of music & musicology;
Philosophy of mind;
Cognition & cognitive psychology;
Mathematics & Sciences


336 pages

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All normal human beings alive in the last fifty thousand years appear to have possessed, in Mark Turner's phrase, irrepressibly artful minds. Cognitively modern minds produced a staggering list of behavioral singularities--science, religion, mathematics, language, advanced tool use, decorative dress, dance, culture, art--that seems to indicate a mysterious and unexplained discontinuity between us and all other living things. This brute fact gives rise to some tantalizing questions: How did the artful mind emerge? What are the basic mental operations that make art possible for us now, and how do they operate? These are the questions that occupy the distinguished contributors to this volume, which emerged from a year-long Getty-funded research project hosted by the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. These scholars bring to bear a range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives on the relationship between art (broadly conceived), the mind, and the brain. Together they hope to provide directions for a new field of research that can play a significant role in answering the great riddle of human singularity.

Edited by:   Mark Turner
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   620g
ISBN:   9780195306361
ISBN 10:   0195306368
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   December 2006
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Based on a yearlong research project investigating the artful mind, hosted by Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, this volume presents some of the latest and most original thinking on the nature of the coevolution of culture and cognition and how humans acquired cognitively modern minds. --CHOICE The Artful full of provocative ideas that suggest avenues for future research.... The book is a great read, and a must have for those interested in creativity, or anyone who has ever wondered what is going on in the mind of the artist or the beholder of an artistic work. --Liane Gabora, Philosophical Psychology

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