Creativity, Wisdom, and Our Evolutionary Future

by Thomas Lombardo

ABSTRACT

In this paper I develop an integrative theoretical framework for understanding creativity, synthesizing themes and principles derived from mythology and philosophy, the physical and biological sciences, psychology, social and economic history, technology, and art and the study of beauty. I demonstrate how the creative process is integral to natural and human evolution and how human creativity builds upon creative evolution in nature. Further, I describe the relationship between creativity and both heightened future consciousness and wisdom, arguing that the latter two capacities clearly embody a creative dimension and form the leading edge of the future evolution of the human mind.

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