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Science  23 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6344, pp. 1240
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan4045

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The Evolution of Imagination, by philosopher Stephen Asma, is an ambitious and exciting book about creativity, rich with eclectic disciplinary references and enlivened with personal anecdotes. Charting new territory, Asma emphasizes the biologi­cal bases of imagination—sen­sory perception, emotions and affective systems, neurology, biochemistry, brain size and dif­ferentiation, and capabilities for motion and action—and casts these elements in evolutionary perspective.