Is Physicalism the Best Explanation for Art, Beauty and Creativity?

Art is uniquely and pervasively human. We know that art has been an important part of human experience from the very beginnings of such experience. But how are we to explain the existence of art and the creative impulse that drives it? This is the 23rd in the series The Case Against Physicalism.

Image: Wikipedia. “Art” created by the famous painting chimp “Congo.” The works created by this primate were heralded as sophisticated art and even Picasso hung one in his studio. Trained elephants also paint as do dolphins and beluga whales and even a bunny named “Bini.” But, is it art? Or is art a uniquely human activity and experience. if so, why does it exist? We explore the difference between a bottom-up physicalist explanation and my own personal explanation based on a top-down belief system.

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Gerald R. Baron

Gerald R. Baron

Husband, father, grandfather, mostly-retired, farm advocate, author, communicator. Deeply curious about science, nature, spirit and history.