September’s Scholars Gild Discussion – September 17

September’s Scholars Gild Discussion

“Creativity and Innovation: Evolutionary versus Revolution”  
Lead by Peter Compo

Tuesday evening, September 17 at 7:30 (Lower Gild Hall) 

What do Archaeopteryx and Little Richard have in common?

Everyone has seen a picture of the Archaeopteryx, the animal from 150 million years ago that was the “missing link” between birds and the dinosaurs that they evolved from. It had feathered wings for flight, a wishbone and a beak. Yet it also had teeth, a bony tail and claws in the middle of its wings.  It was a much a bird as it was a dinosaur; a transitional species.

Little Richard was a transitional species too. He was one of the links between the jazz age and the rock age.  His 1957 hit Tutti Frutti had the drummer still playing in a swing /shuffle jazz style and the bass player still used a stand-up jazz bass, but the piano and vocals were rock all the way.

Though Darwin recognized it himself, there is now a growing awareness that culture evolves just as biological species do.  Music and the arts, scientific discovery, language, technology and countless other aspects of our culture evolve through an analogue to natural selection.  

Peter Compo will present his work showing why this view of culture is so important, how creativity and innovation are evolutionary processes, not visionary, and how we can use evolutionary models to drive creativity and innovation and many other good things.

We will be in the lower Gild Hall on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:30 PM. Join Peter and the Scholars Gild for this discussion. If you are interested in receiving email announcements from the Scholars Gild, please send a request to include your name and email address.