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The Genesis of Creativity and the Origin of the Human Mind

The Genesis of Creativity and the Origin of the Human Mind

Půtová, BarboraSoukup, Václav

subjects: anthropology and ethnography

hardcover, 1. edition
translation: Morgan, Daniel - Russell, Robert - Gutierrez, Ivan
published: july 2015
ISBN: 978-80-246-2677-2
recommended price: 850 czk

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What is it about human beings that makes us creative, able to imagine and enact new possibilities for life and new solutions to problems in a way that no other animal can? The authors included in The Genesis of Creativity and the Origin of the Human Mind explore this question in essays and studies from a range of specializations and backgrounds. Experts on culture, art, and evolution come together to describe, analyze, and interpret the origins of artistic creativity and the anatomical and neurological structures that contribute to it. Essays focus on the origins of art in the Upper Palaeolithic as well as on manifestations of artistic creativity in preliterary societies and tribal cultures that have been preserved to the present day. The interdisciplinary approach to the topic accentuates the wide array of possible methodologies and interpretations of artistic manifestations in particular historic and cultural contexts.

table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

FOREWORD


HUMAN, SYMBOLS AND CULTURE

From Animal to Humans: Anthropogenesis as a Subject of Scientific Research
(Václav Soukup)

Symbolic Thought, Creativity, and Human Evolution
(Ian Tattersall)

Hominin Mind and Creativity
(Robert Bednařík)

Proto-art and Art: Art before Art
(Barbora Půtová)

Symbolic Material Culture in the Late Pleistocene: Use in Prehistory, Appearance in the Archaeological Record and Taphonomy
(Michelle C. Langley)

Mindreading and Symbolism in Human Evolution: The Upper Paleolithic Period
(Winfried Henke)

The Origin of Culture by Means of Natural and Artefactual Languages
(Kate Distin)

In the Beginning was Art...
(Walter Leitner)

Towards Abstraction during the Palaeolithic
(Christine Desdemaines-Hugon)

The Genesis of Human Creativity and Art
(Jean Clottes)


EVOLUCION, ART AND CULTURE

The Start of Art
(Harald Floss)

Thoughts on Ice Age Art
(Ingmar M. Braun)

Artistic Techniques in the Upper Paleolithic Age
(Barbora Půtová, Václav Soukup)

The Seven Wonders of Prehistoric Culture: Western Europe
(Barbora Půtová, Václav Soukup)

The Seven Wonders of Prehistoric Culture: Central Europe
(Barbora Půtová, Václav Soukup)

The Seven Wonders of Prehistoric Culture: Eastern Europe
(Barbora Půtová, Václav Soukup)

At the Beginning: Rock Art in Southwest Europe
(Hipólito Collado Giraldo)

A Comparative Perspective on the Femaleness of Paleolithic Figurines
(Richard Lesure)


MIND, CREATIVITY AND CULTURE

Genesis and Patterns of Prehistoric Art
(Emmanuel Anati, Ariela Fradkin Anati)

The Origins of Artistic Genius and the Archaeology of Emotional Difference
(Dave Whitley, Carmen M.T. Whitley)

The Emergence of Visual Narrative in Prehistory
(Esther Jacobson-Tepfer)

Art, Rock Art and Climate Change
(Thomas Heyd, Tilman Lenssen-Erz)

Art in the Light of Darkness
(Tilman Lenssen-Erz)

Elemental Marking and the Emergence of Mind
(Jack Steinbrick)

Revolution of Symbols, Cognition, and the Neolithic Revolution
(Augustin F.C. Holl)

Experiments With Replicas of Neolithic Sickles
(Miroslav Popelka)


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

INDEX OF LOCATIONS

INDEX OF NAMES