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Title Evolutionary perspectives on imaginative culture / Jospeh Carroll, Mathias Clasen, Emelie Jonsson, editors.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2020]

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Subject Imagination.
Culture -- Psychological aspects.
Alt Name Carroll, Joseph,
Clasen, Mathias,
Jonsson, Emelie,
Description 1 online resource
Contents Part I: The Evolution of Imagination -- The Behaviorally Modern Human Imagination -- The Evolution of Imagination through Narratives and Belief -- Part II: Meta-Narratives -- Imagining the Gods -- The Evolution of Traits and Stories: Two Rival Templates for Self-Understanding -- Descent with Imagination: The Cultural Evolution of Traditional Narratives -- The Unimaginable Place in Nature: Literary Resistance to Darwinian Evolution -- Epic Communities and Cosmic Apprenticeship: Group-Belonging and Social Learning in Popular Science Books -- Part III: Aesthetics, Music, and the Plastic Arts -- Tapping the Imagination at the Dawn of Human Culture: Art, Brain and Evolutionary Pressures -- Evolutionary Constraints on Creativity in the Visual and Plastic Arts -- The Role of Aesthetic Style in Framing Cognitive Orientation Towards the Future -- The Evolution of Music: A Paradigm of Embodied Cognition -- The Influence of Image Salience on Artistic Expression: Cross-Cultural Examples of Large Felid Predators -- Key Stimuli and Power Objects: Aesthetics and Humans Inborn Sensibilities -- Part IV: Film, Media, and Performance -- Film and Coevolution: Kubricks Movies as Modes of Religious Ritual -- Why Women Love Bromance: The Rise of Slash Fiction -- "Unbreakable, Incorruptible, Unyielding": Doom as an Agency Simulator -- Part V: Literature -- Adaptive Flights of Fancy: An Evolutionary Perspective on Speculative Fiction -- Narrative and Verse -- and Comics -- Literary Representations of Parental Investment: Emotional Quandaries and Strategic Decisions.
Summary This pioneering volume offers an expansive introduction to the relatively new field of evolutionary studies in imaginative culture. Contributors from psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, and the humanities probe the evolved human imagination and its artefacts. The book forcefully demonstrates that imagination is part of human nature. Contributors explore imaginative culture in seven main areas: Imagination: Evolution, Mechanisms and Functions Myth and Religion Aesthetic Theory Music Visual and Plastic Arts Video Games and Films Oral Narratives and Literature Evolutionary Perspectives on Imaginative Culture widens the scope of evolutionary cultural theory to include much of what "culture" means in common usage. The contributors aim to convince scholars in both the humanities and the evolutionary human sciences that biology and imaginative culture are intimately intertwined. The contributors illuminate this broad theoretical argument with comprehensive insights into religion, ideology, personal identity, and many particular works of art, music, literature, film, and digital media. The chapters "Imagination, the Brains Default Mode Network, and Imaginative Verbal Artifacts" and "The Role of Aesthetic Style in Alleviating Anxiety About the Future" are licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 01, 2020).
ISBN 9783030461904 electronic book
3030461904 electronic book
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-030-46190-4
OCLC # 1192307533
Additional Format Print version: 3030461890 9783030461898 (OCoLC)1145609643

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