publication . Other literature type . 2018

Why Blind-Variation Selective-Retention is an Inappropriate Explanatory Framework for Creativity : Comment on “Creative thought as Blind-variation and Selective-retention: Combinatorial Models of Exceptional Creativity” by Dean Keith Simonton

Gabora, Liane;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2018
  • Publisher: Elsevier
Simonton is attempting to salvage the Blind Variation Selective Retention theory of creativity (often referred to as the Darwinian theory of creativity) by dissociating it from Darwinism. This is a necessary move for complex reasons outlined in detail elsewhere. However, whether or not one calls BVSR a Darwinian theory, it is still a variation-and selection theory. Variation-and-selection was put forward to solve a certain kind of paradox, that of how biological change accumulates (that is, over generations, species become more adapted to their environment) despite being discarded at the end of each generation (that is, parents don’t transmit to offspring knowle...
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