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The Artful Mind: Cognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity

Mark Turner


All normal human beings alive in the last fifty thousand years appear to have possessed, in Mark Turner's phrase, “irrepressibly artful minds”. Cognitively modern minds have produced a staggering list of behavioral singularities—science, religion, mathematics, language, advanced tool use, decorative dress, dance, culture, art—that seems to indicate a mysterious and unexplained discontinuity between us and all other living things. This brute fact gives rise to some tantalizing questions: How did the artful mind emerge? What are the basic mental operations that make art possible for us now, and ... More

Keywords: artful mind, mental operations, art, mind, brain, human singularity, cognition, language

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195306361
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306361.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Turner, editor
Case Western Reserve University

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Part 1 Art and Evolution

2 The Aesthetic Faculty

Terrence Deacon

Part II Art and Emotion

4 Composition and Emotion

David Freedberg

Part III Art and the Way We Think

6 The Cognitive Tango

Lawrence M. Zbikowski

7 Dynamics of Completion

Shirley Brice Heath

Part IV Art, Meaning, and Form

9 Form and Meaning in Art

Per Aage Brandt

Part V Art and Sacred Belief

11 Making Relics Work

Robert A. Scott

Part VI Art and Ambiguity

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