ART & ORGANISM
ART & ORGANISM aspires to provide a scaffold for an approximation of who we were, are, and could be. The resources to provided hopefully encourage the exercise of sentience as well as sapience– feeling as well as thinking, in the belief that only in concert with each other can we ever really know anything worth knowing.
RESOURCES: The website provides an abundance of resources to exemplify DISCOVERIES in art and biology and CONNECTIONS between art and biology. But the seminar is really about DISCOVERING not discoveries, and CONNECTING, not connections. Nothing is known–indeed nothing is real (in the most real sense of the word) except insofar as it is connected. And the discovery of connections within and between each other is a key part of what we are all about. To give form to this amorphous agenda we will look closely and the BIOLOGICAL perspectives on behavior exemplified by its most liberated domain– that of ART.
ART is considered as “CONSTRUCTIVE” and “RECEPTIVE” and we seek to use biology as a way of better understanding the nature, nurture, and expression of creativity and of perception.
BIOLOGY emphasizes the causes and consequences of behavior utilizing the heuristic of “DEEP ETHOLOGY” (mnemonic for Development, Ecology, Evolution, and Physiology)
Our engagement of topics is creative in that once a key idea is firmly grounded, it functions as a home-base for free exploration–you are encouraged to digress and map the connections in your mind.
[read Lapham’s entire essay, “Homo Faber.”]
 Lewis H. Lapham (2017) “Homo Faber.” Preamble to Lapham’s Quarterly issue on “discovery,” Spring 2017 pp12-21 https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/discovery/homo-faber