What Is Art For?

The Guitarist, Pablo Picasso

Chimpanzees and bonobos — our closest genetic relatives — don’t make art. Archeological evidence suggests that early Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis both engaged in activities that we would consider to be art, suggesting that their common ancestor, Homo heidelbergensis, may have produced art as well — perhaps in the form of tattooing or using unstable materials. The use of dyes in Neanderthal burials points to the use of decoration connected to…

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Troy Camplin

Troy Camplin

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I am the author of “Diaphysics” and the novel “Hear the Screams of the Butterfly.” I am a consultant, poet, playwright, novelist, and interdisciplinary scholar.