Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge - The Arts and their Interpretation Summary & Analysis

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The Arts and their Interpretation Summary and Analysis

The arts are often considered as encompassing all humanities, such as history, philosophy, languages, literature, and religions. The arts have different goals than science. They needs science to stimulate interpretation in the same way that science needs arts. Such interpretation is the logic behind consilience between science and arts. The arts express human condition through mood and feeling with both order and disorder. Brain imaging fails to identify neuro-biological traits responsible for art. Those more gifted engage a broader area of the brain than those less gifted. Famous artists are capable of selecting important thoughts and producing creations that impress with quality.

The arts is humanistic but lacks consilience. The postmodernist influence views existence as individual rather than universal while deconstruction analyzes missing elements where truth is relative and personal. The postmodernist view that applauds chaos fails to conform to scientific evidence concerning mind. Natural sciences can strengthen the interpretation of arts through the investigation of the creative process of the mind. Through the co-evolution of genes and culture as part of the way the brain evolved, the arts originate as part of natural selection. Different individual learning abilities, incest avoidance, effective emotional thoughts and behavior, as well as focus on certain forms influence the way the arts evolve through natural selection.

The gene-culture evolution unveils a process through which genes that evolve can be traced. The traditional view of arts states that arts evolved as part of the genetic origins of human brain. The arts communicate from mind to mind without explaining its impact. Science creates principles and uses them to define qualities while the arts use details to implicate qualities. They both start in imagination but remain part of human origins. Arts generate metaphors in contexts striving for elegance. The art begins in reality transgressing then to other worlds. Art is universal and intuitive.

Creative powers of the human mind are driven by natural selection and environment. A specific climate and set of resources foster culture. The epigenetic rules of human nature that are regularities in mental development that propel culture involve innovation, learning, and choice. Myths evolve through sources of great power, such as apocalypse, migration, evil, and the beginning.

The arts are to exert order upon chaos, as the procession of information becomes high, creating various mental scenarios that could be filled with arts. Natural selection is unable to substitute old genes with new to cope with various possibilities that intelligence encounters. The arts create rituals and consistency through words, images, and rhythms. Visual images thirty thousand years ago are to evoke real events through the depiction of hunted animals. These beliefs are sparked by sympathetic magic wherein people believe that symbols can influence real objects.

The epigenetic rules generate universal archetypes, hence art is universal. The working of epigenetic rules is apparent when the synchronization of alpha waves of 20 per cent arouses the brain. High arousal figures involve patterns present in symbols, flags or logos. Regularities in faces attract. Beauty, however, is associated with elements that represent exaggerated models. It is the expression of certain stimuli that attracts even though it may not represent the strongest survival elements. Fashion and beauty works along the similar lines.

The arts attract because they uses mystics towards which we are predisposed. The primitive mind is also tuned to mystery as equally as contemporary societies. Both perceive only a fraction of the world that is gradually discovered through science. Through consilience, where arts and science are combined, the evolution of the brain can be achieved.

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