November 23, 2015, Buell Hall, Columbia University
Questions about creativity from artistic, sociological, psychological, biological, computational, philosophical, and other perspectives have long asked how people (and machines) generate ideas, solve problems, and create works of art. Historical and anthropological studies teach us how concepts like “creativity” and “genius” are contingent and change over time and place. Recent advances in neuroscience offer a new perspective with potential contributions to an explanation of the mechanisms, development, and origins of human creative faculties. How can neuroscience most effectively complement these other disciplines? What does it have to offer? What are its limitations? How could it benefit from other perspectives on creativity?
Moderated by Andrew Goldman, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University.