Creative thought as a non-Darwinian evolutionary process

Gabora, Dr. Liane M. (2005) Creative thought as a non-Darwinian evolutionary process. [Journal (Paginated)] (In Press)

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Selection theory requires multiple, distinct, simultaneously-actualized states. In cognition, each thought or cognitive state changes the 'selection pressure' against which the next is evaluated; they are not simultaneously selected amongst. Creative thought is more a matter of honing in a vague idea through redescribing successive iterations of it from different real or imagined perspectives; in other words, actualizing potential through exposure to different contexts. It has been proven that the mathematical description of contextual change of state introduces a non-Kolmogorovian probability distribution, and a classical formalism such as selection theory cannot be used. This paper argues that creative thought evolves not through a Darwinian process, but a process of context-driven actualization of potential.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:creativity, evolution, selection, universal Darwinism, determinism, potentiality, context, stream of thought
Subjects:Biology > Evolution
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Biology > Theoretical Biology
ID Code:4647
Deposited By: Gabora, Dr. Liane
Deposited On:19 Dec 2005
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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