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Cognition, Information and Creativity

Professor Geraint Wiggins, Professor of Computational Creativity, will be holding his Inaugural Lecture on Wednesday 16th March 2016 at 6.30pm.

Creativity is often proposed as a feature of humanity that sets us apart from other species. In this lecture, I will deconstruct the concept of creativity, suggesting that the view we have inherited from the Romantics is unhelpfully narrow. Working from a more practical definition, I will propose a view of creativity as a property of advanced cognition, including, but not limited to, humans, that can in principle be implemented as a computer program.

The lecture will end with a recorded performance of my piece “from spiralling ecstatically this”, a setting* of E. E. Cummings' poem, itself concerned with creation.

  • “from spiralling ecstatically this” is performed by kind permission of the E. E. Cummings Trust.


Professor Geraint Wiggins | talks


Date and Time:

16 March 2016 at 6:30 pm


2 hours



The Octagon
Queens' Building
Mile End Campus
E1 4NS

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Events Office, Queen Mary University of London
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