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Our ability to remake our world is unique among all living things. But where does our creativity come from, how does it work, and how can we harness it to improve our lives, schools, businesses, and institutions?

The Runaway Species is a deep-dive into the creative mind, a celebration of the human spirit, and a vision of how we can improve our future by understanding and embracing our ability to innovate. Composer Anthony Brandt and neurologist David Eagleman seek to discover what lies at the heart of humanity's ability - and drive - to create.

Examining hundreds of examples of human creativity, Brandt and Eagleman draw out what creative acts have in common and view them through the lens of cutting-edge neuroscience, uncovering the essential elements of this critical human ability and encouraging a more creative future for all of us.

©2017 David Eagleman (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Very engaging look at creativity!

Breaking down how we've bended and blended specific moments in history to progress. Showing us how creativity is essential for humans to thrive.

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  • Ana
  • 2017-12-04

creativity: Breaking, Blending, Bending.

Elegantly simple thesis, deconstructing the human creative process into three discrete, interrelated processes. If you like Pinker, Gladwell, Dawkins, Harari, then Runaway Species is required reading.

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  • Samuel
  • 2019-04-14

I found this book inspirational!

I'm a creative writer and poet. I found this book profoundly inspirational. Love love loved it!

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  • marianna bolog
  • 2018-02-10

great discovery, this app!

absolutely loved the voice of the narrator. perfect pitch, natural, fluid, clear, and yet expressive.

the story is great, the narrative well organized and easy to follow and to enjoy. the structure of the book is a bit repetitive and maybe a tad predictable (in spite of the title). I preferred "incognito" from the same author, but I don't know whether this is because I read it before this one. nonetheless, definitely worth reading and also listening!

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  • Elan Sun Star
  • 2019-07-06

A wealth of insights

This book is astounding in its breadth and profundity of insights,
The data and stories alone provide a rich library of valuable research and event based dynamics
which propel a worthy investigation of the cosmology of innovation and experimental history.
Most of all though this book is another example fo Eagleman's unique style of bringing a synthesis of
brilliant and astoundingly practical stories. These are examples of how creativity and innovation makes it through the inception stage to the final integration in business commerce and invention

The comprehensive spectrum of examples from historical events and inventions , both successful and not successful provide a critical factual/historical foundation and not a mere digression into data.

this book is the work of true genius and is in itself a Renaissance of prodigious potentials.
Bravo!!

really looking froward to the new book coming..."LiveWired"

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  • san antonio user
  • 2018-06-22

Letdown

Im a huge fan of Eagleman. This book was a lot of fluffy, empty talking about creativity ideas, but no research or depth. Incognito was great with the stories, research and facts for each claim. This book is missing all of it. The Narrator is rough to listen to, I thought it would have the same zest as Eagleman did with his book.

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  • Manhattan Lenape
  • 2017-11-15

endless list of historical facts or items

Maybe there are some good points in the book but it is filled with very long lists of frivolous of items or historical facts. I am giving up trying to listen to it after the first few chapters. The percentage of irrelevant material is very high. So the book becomes major waste of time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-05-30

Incredible Perspective Shift

This book is one of the most incredible reads I’ve ever encountered. I’m going to re-read it again and again over my lifetime. Amazing work!!

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  • El Bruno tal
  • 2018-10-23

Lets talk about creativity, for real

A fascinating journey through the evolution of human creativity, its different components, providing a wealth of examples.
The audiobook format allows for the possibility of breaking down one of Bach's compositions. Priceless.

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