@misc{cogprints4647, volume = {39}, number = {4}, author = {Dr. Liane M. Gabora}, editor = {Dr. Thomas B. Ward}, title = {Creative thought as a non-Darwinian evolutionary process}, publisher = {Creative Education Foundation Inc.}, year = {2005}, journal = {Journal of Creative Behavior}, pages = {65--87}, keywords = {creativity, evolution, selection, universal Darwinism, determinism, potentiality, context, stream of thought}, url = {http://cogprints.org/4647/}, abstract = {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.} }