There is a five-step continuum that begins with primordial competition and ends with what may make human beings unique.

Darwin struggled with three selective processes, seeking ways that they could make sense together. He is best known for natural selection. Darwin also discovered sexual selection. In addition, he wrote detailed accounts of how he estimated Lamarckian selective processes influence evolution. Unable to find a way to make the three different processes elegantly nest, Darwin is remembered mostly for his contribution to our contemporary paradigm that believes natural selection is the most important selective process.

I have suggested (see that the evolutionary processes themselves have unfolded in their own meta evolution. Natural selection evolved sexual selection and Lamarckian selection. Sexual selection then evolved language and society. I have proposed that society and human split-consciousness emerged as a direct repercussion of dance and art.

The five-step continuum begins with natural selection and then moves to sexual selection, with animals focusing on particular patterns when they choose a mate. Step three begins with a bridging over to human sexual selection, where adept practitioners of novel pattern creation are selected as procreation partners by mates with sensitivity to these nuances. The fourth step is taken when novelty itself becomes desirable outside the partner selection process, and society is compelled to embrace in its productions the infinite nuances of new. In the fifth stage, awareness of the creation process itself becomes a target experience.

The fifth stage offers a looping around to stage one, what we think of as competitive evolution, accompanied by awareness.

1) natural selection
2) sexual selection (selecting for pattern when seeking a mate)
3) human sexual selection (selection for novel pattern when seeking a mate)
4) art (selecting for novel pattern outside of mate selection)
5) awareness of the selection or creative process

When using language and/or art to communicate experiences that transcend or operate outside of the mediums of language and art, the artist uses various tricks at his or her disposal. For example, the artist can use words to create pictures that transcend the single-thread narrative stream, the essence of language. Or, the artist can create a picture that portrays music or words in an attempt to bridge the simultaneous nature of image with the narrative breadth of melody or speech. Wrestling with how best to mold a medium to transcend its limitations is one of the ways an artist in stage four makes a contribution to social transformation.

New mediums emerge, offering opportunities to seek new paths to transcend the constraints of space and time.

These essays often feel like I’m making tinker toy sculptures. Each essay is a circular, wheel-like node or hub. Common themes are the colored stick spokes that connect the different node blog entries. I’m seeking to create a sculpture that reveals connections between explanatory principles, using a narrative tool that allows the visitor to enter ongoing threads at any point and to read in any order.

Blogging as an artist’s medium offers interesting challenges. In the end, solutions will no doubt have everything to do with you, the reader, and how you connect with what is happening here, and the trail you leave behind noting that connection.

Connections characterized by sequence, by loops, by associational grids and by the messages you the reader leave behind are all occurring in the same connective sphere, the same level, level 5, awareness of the creative process.


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