The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional Audiobook, by Agustín Fuentes Play Audiobook Sample

The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional Audiobook

The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional Audiobook, by Agustín Fuentes Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Agustín Fuentes Publisher: Penguin Random House Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781524756819

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Longest Chapter Length:

09:17 minutes

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12 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

07:12 minutes

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A bold new synthesis of paleontology, archaeology, genetics, and anthropology that overturns misconceptions about race, war and peace, and human nature itself, answering an age-old question: What made humans so exceptional among all the species on Earth?

Creativity. It is the secret of what makes humans special, hiding in plain sight. Agustín Fuentes argues that your child’s finger painting comes essentially from the same place as creativity in hunting and gathering millions of years ago, and throughout history in making war and peace, in intimate relationships, in shaping the planet, in our communities, and in all of art, religion, and even science. It requires imagination and collaboration. Every poet has her muse; every engineer, an architect; every politician, a constituency. The manner of the collaborations varies widely, but successful collaboration is inseparable from imagination, and it brought us everything from knives and hot meals to iPhones and interstellar spacecraft.

Weaving fascinating stories of our ancient ancestors’ creativity, Fuentes finds the patterns that match modern behavior in humans and animals. This key quality has propelled the evolutionary development of our bodies, minds, and cultures, both for good and for bad. It’s not the drive to reproduce; nor competition for mates, or resources, or power; nor our propensity for caring for one another that have separated us out from all other creatures.

As Fuentes concludes, to make something lasting and useful today you need to understand the nature of your collaboration with others, what imagination can and can’t accomplish, and, finally, just how completely our creativity is responsible for the world we live in. Agustín Fuentes’s resounding multimillion-year perspective will inspire readers—and spark all kinds of creativity.

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“Harnessing the latest findings in evolution, biology, and archaeology [Fuentes] creates a new synthesis to show that the great drivers of human progress have been creativity and cooperation and that many of the things we believe about ourselves, from religion to race, are wrong.”

— National Geographic 


  • “The author’s palpable reverence for the miracle of human creativity makes this audio shine, along with his attractive phrasing, excellent vocal tone, and a narrative style that seems to speak personally to every listener.”

    — AudioFile
  • “Persuasive, entertaining, informative…Fuentes has done a fine job of summarizing recent research in anthropology and primatology.”

    — Wall Street Journal
  • “A captivating narrative that feels like an intriguing mystery.”

    — Shelf Awareness

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