ART & ORGANISM 2020
TUESDAY March 24, 2020
CHECK-IN by e-mail right after class.
I want to share my response to a question from Maggie with all of you:
ABOUT PROJECTS: Presentations and Papers
I am very wary of impairing your creativity, but some people are comforted by more explicit guidelines. So here are typical steps that would guarantee the topic is covered:
REVIEW about composition and presentation of projects:
- IDENTIFY GENERAL TOPIC with aesthetic elements (those that affect us more by FEELINGS they evoke than reasoning)
- DESCRIBE one or more key BEHAVIORAL PATTERN(s) that typify or characterize or represent the topic. This can include the CREATION or the APPRECIATION of a work of art (from a gold course to a painting)
- REVIEW the DEEP ETHOLOGY of a key behavioral pattern: how the behavioral pattern comes to exist or have influence on us: Development, Ecology, Evolution, Physiology.
- (A good way to leverage what we have discussed is to consider what BIOLOGICAL NEEDS are being met (or not) at each level of organization.)
- Comment on the artistic or biological dimensions as informed by your OWN interests in the topic.
SKILLS I HOPE YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED and EXERCISED IN PRECEDING WEEKS:
- EXERCISE OF EPOCHE (think “selective attention”) … and then, WHAT INFLUENCES THE SELECTIONS YOU MAKE? – what do artists do (strong reliance on intuition) or scientists (strong reliance on reason)
- in your own creative thinking, where must you exercise the epoche (bracketing) (Prepare with reading specific attributes of “ART” – and their representation in various species (we among them) also Visit TRUTH & LOVE post and TRUTH & BEAUTY page … as you read, note the connections to biological needs and cognitive processes.)
- JANUSIAN THINKING. (think, “seeing multiple ways at the same time”) (visit A&O-WORD: Janusian Thinking)