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Creative thought as a non-Darwinian evolutionary process

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Creative Education Foundation Inc.
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Keywords
  • Evolution
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Philosophy Of Mind
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Theoretical Biology
Disciplines
  • Mathematics

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.

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