Origins of Human Innovation and Creativity - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444538215, 9780444538222

Origins of Human Innovation and Creativity, Volume 16

1st Edition

Authors: Scott Elias
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444538215
eBook ISBN: 9780444538222
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 25th July 2012
Page Count: 140
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Table of Contents

Series Editor

Contributors

Chapter 1 Origins of Human Innovation and Creativity

1.1 The Problem of Stasis in Stone Tool Technology

1.2 The Evolutionary Ecology of Creativity

1.3 Emergent Patterns of Creativity and Innovation in Early Technologies

1.4 Concluding Remarks

Chapter 2 Creativity and Complex Society Before the Upper Palaeolithic Transition

2.1 A Definition

2.2 Modelling the Hominin Mind

2.3 The Number of Minds and the Evolution of Creativity

2.4 Social Brains and Active Personal Networks

2.5 Creativity, the Senses and Social Complexity

2.6 Conclusion

Chapter 3 North African Origins of Symbolically Mediated Behaviour and the Aterian

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Symbolism and Humans

3.3 North Africa During the MSA and the Aterian

3.4 A revised Chronology for the Aterian

3.5 Innovations in the Aterian

3.5 Environmental Context for Developments in the Aterian

3.6 Discussion

Chapter 4 Personal Ornaments and Symbolism Among the Neanderthals

Chapter 5 Invention, Reinvention and Innovation

Chapter 6 Emergent Patterns of Creativity and Innovation in Early Technologies

Chapter 7 The Evolutionary Ecology of Creativity

7.1 Modern Humans as a ‘Major Transition’ in Evolution

7.2 Pair-bonding and Courtship Displays

7.3 Foraging Strategy and Information-Sharing

7.4 The Emergence of Phenotypic Thought

7.5 The Archaeology of Alternative Reality

7.6 Conclusions

Chapter 8 Climate, Creativity and Competition

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Possible Causes and Scales of Change

8.3 Social Processes of Population Expansion and Contraction

8.4 Precision and Accuracy in Dating the Spread of Behavioural Novelty

8.5 Neanderthal Innovations

8.6 Neanderthals, Climatic Change and Innovation

8.7 Future Directions

Note

Index


Description

Series Editor

Contributors

Chapter 1 Origins of Human Innovation and Creativity

1.1 The Problem of Stasis in Stone Tool Technology

1.2 The Evolutionary Ecology of Creativity

1.3 Emergent Patterns of Creativity and Innovation in Early Technologies

1.4 Concluding Remarks

Chapter 2 Creativity and Complex Society Before the Upper Palaeolithic Transition

2.1 A Definition

2.2 Modelling the Hominin Mind

2.3 The Number of Minds and the Evolution of Creativity

2.4 Social Brains and Active Personal Networks

2.5 Creativity, the Senses and Social Complexity

2.6 Conclusion

Chapter 3 North African Origins of Symbolically Mediated Behaviour and the Aterian

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Symbolism and Humans

3.3 North Africa During the MSA and the Aterian

3.4 A revised Chronology for the Aterian

3.5 Innovations in the Aterian

3.5 Environmental Context for Developments in the Aterian

3.6 Discussion

Chapter 4 Personal Ornaments and Symbolism Among the Neanderthals

Chapter 5 Invention, Reinvention and Innovation

Chapter 6 Emergent Patterns of Creativity and Innovation in Early Technologies

Chapter 7 The Evolutionary Ecology of Creativity

7.1 Modern Humans as a ‘Major Transition’ in Evolution

7.2 Pair-bonding and Courtship Displays

7.3 Foraging Strategy and Information-Sharing

7.4 The Emergence of Phenotypic Thought

7.5 The Archaeology of Alternative Reality

7.6 Conclusions

Chapter 8 Climate, Creativity and Competition

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Possible Causes and Scales of Change

8.3 Social Processes of Population Expansion and Contraction

8.4 Precision and Accuracy in Dating the Spread of Behavioural Novelty

8.5 Neanderthal Innovations

8.6 Neanderthals, Climatic Change and Innovation

8.7 Future Directions

Note

Index

Key Features

  • Gives a full, original and multidisciplinary perspective on how and why creativity evolved in the Middle to Late Pleistocene
  • Enhances our understanding of the big leaps forward in creativity at certain times
  • Assesses the intellectual creativity of Homo erectus, H. neanderthalensis, and H. sapiens via their artefacts

Readership

quaternary scientists, palaeoanthropologists, archeologists


Details

No. of pages:
140
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Elsevier 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier
eBook ISBN:
9780444538222
Hardcover ISBN:
9780444538215

About the Authors

Scott Elias Author

Scott Elias grew up in Colorado, in the Rocky Mountain region of the western United States. He attended the University of Colorado, and got BA degree in Environmental Biology. He continued his academic career at the same university, and received his PhD in Environmental Biology in 1980. His thesis topic concerned paleoecology of Holocene-age peat deposits in arctic Canada, focusing on insect fossil analyses.

Following his PhD, Scott became a post-doctoral fellow under Prof. Alan Morgan in the Earth Science Department of the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He also spent six months as a visiting scientist at the Geobotanical Institute of the University of Berne, Switzerland, in 1981. Scott returned to the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado, in 1982, and was a research associate and fellow of the institute during the next 20 years. His research continued to focus on paleoenvironmental reconstructions based on fossil insect assemblages. He has authored six books on paleoecology and natural history of Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, and the arid Southwest. In 2000, Scott accepted a lectureship in the Geography Department of Royal Holloway, University of London. He also has maintained an affiliation with INSTAAR. He is now a Reader in Physical Geography at Royal Holloway.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, Egham, Surrey, UK Royal Holloway, University of London, U.K. Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, Egham, Surrey, UK