The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms

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How is it possible to think new thoughts? What is creativity and can science explain it? And just how did Coleridge dream up the creatures of The Ancient Mariner?

When The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms was first published, Margaret A. Boden's bold and provocative exploration of creativity broke new ground. Boden uses examples such as jazz improvisation, chess, story writing, physics, and the music of Mozart, together with computing models from the field of artificial intelligence to uncover the nature of human creativity in the arts.

The second edition of The Creative Mind has been updated to include recent developments in artificial intelligence, with a new preface, introduction and conclusion by the author. It is an essential work for anyone interested in the creativity of the human mind.

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Contents

The Mystery of Creativity
11
The Story so Far
25
Thinking the Impossible
40
Maps of the Mind
54
Concepts of Computation
88
Creative Connnections
125
Unromantic Artists
147
Computerscientists
199
Chance Chaos Randomness Unpredictability
233
Elite or Everyman
256
Of Humans and Hoverflies
277
Epilogue
305
Notes
323
Bibliography
331
Index
339
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About the author (2004)

Margaret A. Boden is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at Sussex University, where she founded the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences in 1987 (now the Centre for Research in Cognitive Science).

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