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The Genetic Origins of Creativity

  • Teenagers are rebels. Parents have accrued experience (wisdom) and Darwinian theory would predict that their children would be eager to absorb that experience in order to maximize their chances of survival. Quite the contrary: teenagers think that ignoring their parents' rules and doing the exact opposite is "cool". Sometimes the only reason to do the exact opposite is precisely because it is the exact opposite of what every parent says.
  • It seems that humans are genetically programmed to break the rules and question authority from a very young age, which contrasts sharply with the behavior of other animals.
  • Humans are the only species that change habits from generation to generation. Other animals adopt the exact same "lifestyle" of their parents, whereas young humans strive to be "different" from their parents.
  • This might, in fact, be the fundamental behavioral difference between humans and other animals that set the human species on a course of unbridled technological progress.
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