Nature practices art.  When humans practice art, it is a manifestation of consciousness.  Evidence of art in nature is interpreted as chance.  Much art in nature results from the selective process, sexual selection.  Individuals compel the transformation of their descendants by selecting only mates with very specific variations on a sensory theme.  Many sounds and sights in nature were deliberately designed by discriminating spouses seeking mates with features more unique than the competition.

Modern society is sexual selection or art gone wild.  Enhanced faculties, formerly dedicated toward picking a mate, target just about everything in our experience.  We can’t stop discriminating.  We are compelled to pick out that which is most unique, and own it.

It is not an exaggeration to suggest that sex drives almost all of our behavior.  Our consumer economy relies upon our thirst for novelty and status.  These are ancient, hormone-driven dictates.  Advertisements goose our inclinations to note interesting differences and embrace them to draw attention to ourselves.  Our biology is deeply evident in this economy driven by a compulsion to devour nonrenewable resources while making art.

About five million years ago, human ancestors branched off from the species that led both to humans and chimpanzees.  It’s not clear when we started dancing, but once we started, we never stopped.

Sexually selecting the best dancers, people picked partners with physical (and neurological processing) capabilities far in excess of what was needed to hunt and survive.  Predators have far bigger brains than prey.  The requirements of hunting demand way more grey matter processing than running away.  Wives and husbands for the night selected mates able to create vast subtleties in movement.  At the same time, they were picking mates able to discriminate between these subtle variations.  Runaway occurred.  The best artists and best discriminators of art–those with bigger brains–emerged more and more frequently and with deeper and deeper talents with every passing generation.  Massive brains were required to exhibit the sensitivity required to perform and pick performers that would do these things that bodies were not designed to do, and do them for very long periods of time.  Prey had brains.  Predators had bigger brains.  Artists/dancers had massive brains, brains designed to appreciate.  Our brains had evolved into monstrously sized appreciation machines.

Modern culture is the climax of this process of runaway sexual selection.  Having sandblasted our environment with our discrimination/appreciation sensibilities, we are finally awakening to the havoc we are wreaking.  At long last, appreciating nature’s art, as artists ourselves, we have decided to let the consumer economy end.  Let the dancing begin.


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