Scenario visualization: an evolutionary account of creative problem solving

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In order to solve problems, humans are able to synthesize apparently unrelatedconcepts, take advantage of serendipitous opportunities, hypothesize, invent, and engage in othersimilarly abstract and creative activities, primarily through the use of their visual systems. InScenario Visualization, Robert Arp offers an evolutionary account of the uniquehuman ability to solve nonroutine vision-related problems. He argues that by the close of thePleistocene epoch, humans evolved a conscious creative problem-solving capacity, which he termsscenario visualization, that enabled them to outlive other hominid species and populate the planet.Arp shows that the evidence for scenario visualization -- by which images are selected, integrated,and then transformed and projected into visual scenarios -- can be found in the kinds of complextools our hominid ancestors invented in order to survive in the ever-changing environments of thePleistocene world.

Arp also argues that this conscious capacity shares ananalogous affinity with neurobiological processes of selectivity and integration in the visualsystem, and that similar processes can be found in the activities of organisms in general. Theevolution of these processes, he writes, helps account for the modern-day conscious ability ofhumans to use visual information to solve nonroutine problems creatively in their environments.Arp's account of scenario visualization and its emergence in evolutionary history suggests an answerto two basic questions asked by philosophers and biologists concerning human nature: why we areunique; and how we got that way.

Robert Arp is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at theNational Center for Biomedical Ontology. His areas of specialization include philosophy of biologyand philosophy of mind. He is the author of numerous articles and the forthcoming AnIntegrated Approach to the Philosophy of Mind.

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