Why the Creative Process is Not Darwinian

Gabora, Dr. L. M. (2007) Why the Creative Process is Not Darwinian. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Simonton (2006) makes the unwarranted assumption that nonmonotonicity supports a Darwinian view of creativity. Darwin’s theory of natural selection was motivated by a paradox that has no equivalent in creative thought: the paradox of how change accumulates when acquired traits are not inherited. To describe a process of cumulative change in which acquired traits are retained is outside of the scope of the theory of natural selection. Even the early evolution of life itself (prior to genetically mediated template replication) cannot be described by natural selection. Specifically, natural selection cannot describe change of state that involves horizontal (Lamarckian) exchange, or occurs through interaction with an incompletely specified context. It cannot describe change wherein variants are evaluated sequentially, and wherein this evaluation can itself change the state space and/or fitness function, because no two variants are ever evaluated according to the same selection criterion. Concerns are also raised as to the methodology used in Simonton’s study.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:creativity, Darwinian theory, blind variation selective retention model, natural selection, Guernica, Picasso, evolution, evolutionary theory
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Biology > Sociobiology
Biology > Evolution
ID Code:5961
Deposited By: Gabora, Dr. Liane
Deposited On:10 Mar 2008 14:53
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:57

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