Does Creativity Distinguish The Human Race?

25 Mar

Does Creativity Distinguish The Human Race?

For years, scientists thought [humans] were different because we use tools. Not so, as it turned out. Chimpanzees have us there. And gorillas and orangutans and some other primates. And birds. And elephants. And a few bottlenose dolphins. Even ants use grain to carry honey. Until very recently, many scientists thought language set us apart, but in the past ten years, researchers have observed precursors to human speech in primate vocalizations and striking similarities between how infants learn to speak and songbirds learn to sing. Even self-awareness, a treasured feature of human consciousness, is no longer considered unique to humans.

It’s tempting to think that we are special, but today most researchers agree with Darwin’s eloquent observation that humans are animals, too; we are different in degree rather than kind. There’s no reason to think that creativity will be the exception.

The real problem is that claiming creativity’s exceptional status makes for a better story: if creativity is what sets us apart from the animals, understanding this faculty is tantamount to unlocking the mystery of who and what we are. As Lehrer writes, “Until we understand the set of mental events that give rise to new thoughts, we will never understand what makes us so special.” This claim raises the stakes for the book. The problem is, it’s probably just not true.

This is one Episode of Andrew’s sessions :

And now .. How can we know for sure that this Hypothesis is incorrect ?!
or -at the very best- partially “not” true ?!
Generally speaking I like Andrew Sullivan (the daily beast)
I often find myself interested in most topics that he discusses & shares ..


( It’s just a hint & I’m gradually going to add whatever I find related & valuable )

Here’s what he said about :
The Limits Of Neuroscience, Ctd

When we endeavour to understand persons through the half-formed theories of neuroscience we are tempted to pass over their distinctive features in silence, or else to attribute them to some brain-shaped homunculus inside. For we understand people by facing them, by arguing with them, by understanding their reasons, aspirations and plans. All of that involves another language, and another conceptual scheme, from those deployed in the biological sciences. We do not understand brains by facing them, for they have no face.


Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Miscellaneous


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3 responses to “Does Creativity Distinguish The Human Race?

  1. Adam Benton

    March 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Every behaviour we engage in can be found in animals, just to a different extent. Both us and chimps use tools, we just use them more. Both us and neanderthals engage in artwork, we just do more….

    And it also works the other way. Both us a Cheetahs run, they just run faster.

    There’s nothing truly unique about us, what is special stems from our extremes.

    • halakm

      March 26, 2012 at 1:09 am

      Blog (human & animals)

      There’s nothing truly unique about us, what is special stems from our extremes.

      Do you really believe so ? 
      Similar actions do not ever mean equality; or no difference !
      Nothing unique about us ! 
      Are you kidding me ?
      We lived & thought humans were superior ..
      What about the mental power ? Isn’t it unique !
      The way we think, how we react !
      The complicated thinking processes, the sense, the reason, the logic !
      The capability to link topics & take dicisions ..
      We also have this magic word “creativity” !
      Has anybody seen a gathering for cats & dogs to watch a movie
      Or listen to concerts or operas ?!

      The ability to feel & get highly affected by Meta-Physics & Spiritualities ..
      To connect with Divinity & Super-Powers !
      Can Gurillas pray ? Do Bears feel guilty ?!
      I’m just wondering & posing questions & thoughts of which I’m fully convinced
      and about which I have absolutely no doubts …

      • Adam Benton

        March 26, 2012 at 2:47 am

        I’m not saying humans aren’t the same as the rest of the animal kingdom, or that they aren’t special. My point is simply that pretty much every human behaviour exists in a more basic form in animals. We aren’t unique, we have just taken existing traits and made more elaborate versions of them.


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