ILLUMINATION
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ILLUMINATION

Our Mating Minds

Sage coloured stone hand axe facetted in symmetry.
Lava hand axe (24 X 10 X 5 cm) by the kindness of the British Museum

A 1.2 million-year-old lava hand axe was found in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. From the symmetry and challenging choice of stone, we may infer our ancestors were at the dawn of material culture. So began the attachment to aesthetically and technically complex objects, valued beyond their usefulness. Survival, status, ritual, and relationships were ever more situated with “objects.” Performances of sport, hunting, music, poetry, storytelling, mathematics and craftsmanship are displays of genetic fitness comprising the edge that sculpts hominid evolution. Potentiation of genetic fitness fuels the cultural revolution as each exemplary mind yearns for its equal, thus creating children with enhanced giftedness.

Acknowledgment; Geoffrey Miller in “The Mating Mind”

Sculpture of two open glass hands reaching upwards
Author’s photo of Kent Ipsen’s work “Mains” at Musee Les Beaux Art Montreal, Canada

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