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03-12-2014, 05:32 PM
Homo erectus art ?
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/...ldest-art/

The question is up for active debate. Is this "intentional" ? If so, why have no other examples of Homo erectus "art" been found ?

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03-12-2014, 05:47 PM
RE: Homo erectus art ?
Maybe they were more into carving into the dirt and trees at the time.
Maybe he/she was just testing a tool... seeing what could be done in a different medium.
I will say... carving across a shell like that, bisecting the natural lines of the shell... it's quite a satisfying feeling.

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03-12-2014, 08:19 PM
RE: Homo erectus art ?
Robert Bednarik credits HE with building boats in order to reach the islands of Indonesia which are across the Wallace Line.

Building a boat is a far greater testimonial to cognitive thinking than carving a design on a clam shell.

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04-12-2014, 02:15 PM
RE: Homo erectus art ?
Didn't that thread title give anyone else pause? Consider

I was expecting something NSFW. Shocking

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04-12-2014, 02:34 PM
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(04-12-2014 02:15 PM)Chas Wrote:  Didn't that thread title give anyone else pause? Consider

I was expecting something NSFW. Shocking
Just a bit, yeah.
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04-12-2014, 03:05 PM
RE: Homo erectus art ?
(04-12-2014 02:15 PM)Chas Wrote:  Didn't that thread title give anyone else pause? Consider

I was expecting something NSFW. Shocking

Yeah...something like Greek pictures of men playing leapfrog.

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04-12-2014, 03:24 PM (This post was last modified: 04-12-2014 05:42 PM by kim.)
RE: Homo erectus art ?
(03-12-2014 08:19 PM)Minimalist Wrote:  ----
Building a boat is a far greater testimonial to cognitive thinking than carving a design on a clam shell.

I don't know - could be a chicken or egg kind of thing. I don't think there can really be comparative degrees of cognitive thinking at such an early stage of brain growth. Desire to be somewhere else might make one build a boat, while a different desire might make one want that boat to look a particular way. In other words - it takes a certain cluster of brain cells firing to build a boat but it may not necessarily be the same brain cells firing that could improve that boat's design.

Thinking of the brain as a whole, no one part is more important or unimportant than any other, especially when it's in the early stages of overall growth. Taken as a whole, the cognitive development of a brain very much depends on the demonstrable use of tools.

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04-12-2014, 05:04 PM
RE: Homo erectus art ?
(04-12-2014 02:15 PM)Chas Wrote:  Didn't that thread title give anyone else pause? Consider

I was expecting something NSFW. Shocking

(04-12-2014 02:34 PM)Clockwork Wrote:  
(04-12-2014 02:15 PM)Chas Wrote:  Didn't that thread title give anyone else pause? Consider

I was expecting something NSFW. Shocking
Just a bit, yeah.

(04-12-2014 03:05 PM)Can_of_Beans Wrote:  
(04-12-2014 02:15 PM)Chas Wrote:  Didn't that thread title give anyone else pause? Consider

I was expecting something NSFW. Shocking

Yeah...something like Greek pictures of men playing leapfrog.

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04-12-2014, 10:04 PM
RE: Homo erectus art ?
Why do Greek statues have such tiny willies?

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05-12-2014, 12:20 AM
RE: Homo erectus art ?
Quote: I don't think there can really be comparative degrees of cognitive thinking at such an early stage of brain growth.


Has nothing to do with growth. It has to do with the ability to conceive and execute a plan. Someone might mindlessly doodle while talking on the phone.

No one mindlessly builds a boat.

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