Allott, Robin (1994) THE PYTHAGOREAN PERSPECTIVE: The Arts and Sociobiology. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Literature, music, mathematics, art, are constituents of culture and each of them has its separate history. But each of them can also be seen as a manifestation of a human biological drive, a drive towards exploration, experimentation, the analysis of human perception. Culture is not something separate from human evolution but a part of a continuing human evolution, indeed the main form which human evolution has taken over the last few thousand years. It is a familiar idea, but perhaps a wrong one, that human evolution, as a Darwinian process, has ceased and been replaced by something quite new, a more Lamarckian process involving the inheritance of acquired characteristics, more specifically of the changing forms of human culture. On this see for example Dawkins(1986), or Huxley(1926).

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:mathematics,visual arts, poetry, music synaesthesia, biology of the arts
Subjects:Biology > Sociobiology
Biology > Evolution
ID Code:3264
Deposited By:Allott, R M
Deposited On:03 Nov 2003
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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