The Runaway Species

Our drive to create makes us unique among living things. What is special about the human brain that enables us to innovate? Why don’t cows choreograph dances? Why don’t alligators invent speedboats? Drawing on their upcoming book, The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World, neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt examine the evolutionary tweaks that gave rise to our species’ imaginative gifts. Weaving together arts and science, Brandt and Eagleman explore the cognitive software that generates new ideas, and key facets of a creative mentality that enable our inventive minds to flourish.

Festival: Aspen Ideas 2017

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