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date: 12 December 2019

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This chapter discusses theories concerning the evolution of imagination and design. This involves a brief review of the evidence from great apes for imagining other possible worlds and a discussion of what might set humans apart. The chapter also considers the functions of imagination, especially in light of the importance of constructing future scenarios and designing the world to suit our needs.

Keywords: animal cognition, creativity, design thinking, foresight, secondary representation

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