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Swimming in possibility

While we sometimes consider creativity a hallmark of being human, it is not only a human trait. Crows can perform experiments and use induction; computers can evolve new algorithms that surprise their human programmers. Is creativity a mechanical and inanimate thing, so human creativity differs only in degree? Or is human creativity different, reflecting something special about us?

  • The Strange Inevitability of Evolution: Good solutions to biology’s problems are astonishingly plentiful, by Philip Ball
  • Brain Damage Saved His Music: After a chunk of his brain was removed, guitarist Pat Martino got his groove back, by Brian Gallagher
  • Why You Keep Dreaming About Being Naked: Are the common elements in our dreams the result of basic biology, or something deeper? by Elizabeth Svoboda
  • This issue also includes contributions from: Steven Ashley, David Auerbach, Jonathan Berger, Jeanne Carstensen, David Deutsch, Jascha Hoffman, Virginia Hughes, Gayil Nalls, Kira Peikoff, Michael Segal, Eliza Strickland, Kirsten Weir, and Lina Zeldovich.
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