Life Finds a Way: What Evolution Teaches Us About Creativity

November 29, 2020
Life Finds a Way: What Evolution Teaches Us About Creativity

How the principles of biological innovation can help usovercome creative challenges in art, business, andscienceIn Life Finds a Way, biologist Andreas Wagner revealsthe deep symmetry between innovation in biological evolution andhuman cultural creativity. Rarely is either a linear climb toperfection—instead, "progress" is typically marked by a sequence ofpeaks, plateaus, and pitfalls. For instance, in Picasso'sforty-some iterations of Guernica, we see the samecombination of small steps, incessant reshuffling, and large,almost reckless, leaps that characterize the way evolutiontransformed a dinosaur's grasping claw into a condor's soaringwing. By understanding these principles, we can also better realizeour own creative potential to find new solutions to adversity.Ultimately, Life Finds a Way offers a new framework forthe nature of creativity, enabling us to better adapt, grow, andchange in art, business, or science—that is, in life.