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Bentley, P. J.: Is Evolution Creative?. In P. J. Bentley and D. Corne (Eds.), Proceedings of the AISB’99 Symposium on Creative Evolutionary Systems (CES), pp. 28–34. Published by The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB). Edinburgh.1999.



Can evolution demonstrate some of the properties of creativity? This paper argues that it can, and provides examples which the author feels illustrate some of the awesome power and feats of design which resemble creativity. Is evolution, then, truly creative? This is clearly a much harder question, for it requires a definition of creativity – that most subjective and controversial of words. This paper explores and discusses various aspects of creativity, attempting to determine to what extent evolution satisfies each definition. The paper ends by summarizing the discussion, and presenting amalgama- tions of four different worldviews.

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