2019 A&O CLASS NOTES

ART & ORGANISM

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Class notes for 2019


These notes document the unfolding / blossoming of the spring seminar in 2018.   It provides only a rough guide as to what to expect in 2019 because it reflects the specific interests of the participants in A&O 2018.  The disciplinary core of the course, the spiral helix of ideas in “DEEP ETHOLOGY” (the integrative study of behavior) and “CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF ART,” remains the same.


 

PROSPECTIVE A&O CLASS NOTES for 2019  (based on notes from 2018 discussions;  we should expect 2019 to grow in different ways–but always tethered to integrative biology and the nature of art and aesthetic experience) 

  • A&O CLASS NOTES—January 15 (DEEP ETHOLOGY,  CONNECTIONS, Words)
  •  A&O CLASS NOTES—January 22 ((EXISTENTIAL PHENOMENOLOGY, congenital and acquired BIASES: how WEIRD we are, Meaning and the Body)
  • A&O CLASS NOTES—January 29  (REVIEW of Jan 22; INDIVIDUATION & SOCIALIZATION as a DYNAMIC BALANCE)
  • A&O CLASS NOTES—February 5 (REVIEW of NEEDS, ADAPTATION, LEARNING; build on NEEDS & add to them, MUSIC; connect NEEDS with STRESS with ADAPTATION)
  • A&O CLASS NOTES—February 12 (REVIEW of Feb 5 activities & ideas that stood out; NEEDS, STRESS)
  • A&O CLASS NOTES–February 26 (Links to EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE; assignments)
  • A&O CLASS NOTES–March 5 (Links to DEEP ART and “TRUTH”)
  • A&O CLASS NOTES–March 12 (Links to “is it ART or ARTIFACT?” Fragmentary evidence and ecphory)
  • A&O CLASS NOTES–March 19  (artifacts and objets trouve; outsider art.  Reality Testing; adaptive functions of art)
  • A&O CLASS NOTES–March 26– “what can Paleolithic art tell us about the dawn of consciousness.”  
  • A&O CLASS NOTES–April 2 – ideas pulled together by talk on Paleolithic art, what stood out for you, and questions remaining or emergent; COMMUNICATIONS and RITUALIZATION
  • A&O CLASS NOTES–April 9  Ecology: optimality and search image as metaphors for aspects of cognition;  More on how language affects culture — Lena Boroditsky’s research
  • A&O CLASS NOTES–April 16 What does “meaning” mean?  for example, “the meaning of life”
  • A&O CLASS NOTES–April 23 Our Masks: layers of meaning?  Off-campus A&O Symposium schedule

A&O SYLLABUS

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SPRING 2019
Tuesday 1 January
Tuesday 8 January
Tuesday 15 JanuaryA&O (1)
Tuesday 22 JanuaryA&O (2)
Tuesday 29 JanuaryA&O (3)
Tuesday 5 FebruaryA&O (4)
Tuesday 12 FebruaryA&O (5)
Tuesday 19 FebruaryA&O (6)
Tuesday 26 FebruaryA&O (7)
Tuesday 5 MarchA&O (8)
Tuesday 12 MarchA&O (9)
Tuesday 19 MarchSpring Break
Tuesday 26 MarchA&O (10)
Tuesday 2 AprilA&O (11)
Tuesday 9 AprilA&O (12)
Tuesday 16 AprilA&O (13)
Tuesday 23 AprilA&O (14)
Friday 26 AprilCLASSES END
Tuesday 30 AprilEXAM
Tuesday 7 MayEXAM
Tuesday 11 MayGraduation