Friday, July 6, 2012

Yet again we have further reinforcement that it is quality attachment &  relating that provides a rich arena for the development of human  intelligence and creativity. Tradition, culture, personal involvement,  continuous learning, exploration and team work along with learning  about others enhance the inner world of imagination.  I am a firm  believer that limited gratification also helps trigger the need for  parent child interactive reciprocity. Together, they activate the  desire to create images, formulate thoughts, design objects, and create circumstances to satisfy the endless flow of a child's curiosity.   

The pleasure is mutual and so it goes on.

Human Creativity May Have Evolved as a

Way for Parents to Bond With Their Children

 — Evidence from Disneyland suggests that human creativity may have evolved not in response to sexual selection as some scientists believe but as a way to help parents bond with their children and to pass on traditions and cultural knowledge, a new study published in the inaugural issue of the International Journal of Tourism Anthropology suggests.

Evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller of the University of New Mexico has suggested that human creativity, storytelling, humor, wit, music, fantasy, and morality, all evolved as forms of courtship behavior. He used evidence drawn from the Southern California tourist industry to underpin his argument. The work offers an explanation as to why the human brain is so much bigger relative to body size than that of other apes -- sexual selection for greater intellect. Intriguingly, Miller has referred to the mind  as "amusement park."

The researchers do concede that some tourism is related to courtship, and not just "honeymoon" tourism and that it often involves art, creativity, storytelling, humor, wit, music, fantasy, and morality as part of the attractions. The team argues, however, that "The brain circuitry involved in both the generation of, and response to, these traits was selected for because it enabled parents to increase their fitness by increasing their ability to influence their offspring." The human brain increased in size through evolution as cultural traditions accumulated over numerous generations. "Traditions can last much longer than a generation or two and that the massive accumulation of traditional behavior is unique to our species as is the large brain," the team concludes.
ScienceDaily (Nov. 15, 2010)