Sunday, March 29, 2009

Re: [Yasmin_discussions] invention of the self

> ramon
> thank you so much for the addition of "invention of the self" to
> the discussion on artists as inventors !!
> it seems to me that the brain is such a "plastic organ" that
> indeed many things that we take to be part of innate nature
> actually are the result of our interactions with the artefacts we
> invent
> one of the big mysteries in the history of human beings is why
> it took so long to invent written languages= written languates are
> a really recent invention in the history of homo sapiens
> so much of what i consider to be part of "myself' comes not only
> from my interactions with other people and the world, but with the
> artefacts we build= what was it like to be a human being before
> written language and the visual arts were invented ?

This does not have to be such a mystery (ie. what was it like to be a human
being before written language and the visual arts were invented ?)
There are many people today who live in communities where written language
is not present - or at least never used. These communities also tend to live
in environments that have simple technologies and very little if no visual
art (as in art for it's own sake outside of a beautifully crafted object to
use in everyday life). A possible field of interesting study that someone
somewhere-in-our- language-and-image-laden-reality may already be involved
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