The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional

Author(s): Agustin Fuentes

Social Sciences | No Category | January 2021

The Creative Spark overturns widely held misconceptions about race, war and peace, and human nature itself, providing a profoundly new answer to an age old question: what made humans so exceptional among all the species on earth? In this in-depth and fascinating exploration of creativity, Agustin Fuentes shows how imagination now is much the same as it was in the time of our ancient ancestors, and that, when combined with collaboration, humans are capable of anything. Indeed, imagination and collaboration are inseparable.


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Agustin Fuentes, during more than two decades of research, has published more than one hundred academic articles and book chapters. He has chased monkeys, apes, and humans in the jungles and cities of Asia, the mountains of Morocco, and the streets of Gibraltar. He's explored the lives of our evolutionary ancestors and examined people's daily routines across the globe. He is a professor and the chair of the University of Notre Dame's Department of Anthropology and a National Geographic Explorer. His perspectives and research have been covered in The Atlantic, Scientific American, The Huffington Post, and on NPR. He lives in Indiana.

General Fields

  • : 9781101983942
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : 0.552
  • : March 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Agustin Fuentes
  • : Hardback
  • : 352