|Researching the Origins of Art. Religion, and Mind|
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What is the earliest art?
What are the most primordial forms of religion and spirituality?
What were the first human symbols and metaphors?
What are the stages in the evolution of mind?
What are the deep strata of the human psyche?
A long held paradigm is that the earliest art appeared suddenly about 40,000 years ago in a kind of "creative explosion" testified to by the ice age cave art of France and Spain. This view holds that symbols, language, and religion also arose at this time and could only have been invented after the emergence of Homo sapiens sapiens around 100,000 years ago.
On the basis of recent discoveries in palaeoanthropology, protolinguistics and related sciences, OriginsNet argues for a new paradigm. We believe that the archaeological record provides evidence that art-making, religion, and language have been evolving throughout the almost 3,000,000 years of hominid evolution. The evidence indicates that there were four major stages of human physical, technological, art, and mind evolution--four diasporas out of Africa--during the three million year evolution of human consciousness.
Some of the artifacts presented here are well-known -- but we offer new interpretations of them. Many artifacts presented here have never been published before and here you will see them for the first time.
It is not easy to understand their intended meaning. They call upon us to develop new modes of conceptualization and understanding. They call upon us to develop new paradigms for the origins of the human mind and psyche.
We at OriginsNet believe that palaeoart, including petroglyphs, rock paintings, engraved portable art, stone sculptures and stone arrangements, offers us a visionary potential, hope and symbols for our emergent planetary society.
At minimum palaeoart constitutes the shared heritage of humanity.
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