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EVENT: Shamanism and the origin of creative genius in western Europe

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The start of the European Upper Palaeolithic, about 35,000 years ago, is marked by the dramatic appearance not just of art, but of true creative genius.

World renowned cave art sites like Lascaux, Chauvet and Altamira are widely recognised as artistic masterpieces. Although scientists rarely consider art and genius, the sudden appearance of artistic genius presents an empircal problem that warrants analysis.

Taking an evolutionary approach, archaeological, psychitric ethnographic and genetic evidence are used to develop a hypothesis that may explain this phenomenon, and which provides important insight into the nature of what makes us human.

This lecture will discuss some of these approaches to early examples of creative genius.
Speaker(s) David Whitley PhD, Principal at ASM Affiliates Inc (heritage management consultancy in California)
Location Webb Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Geography Building UWA
Contact Jane Fyfe (Archaeology) or Institute of Advanced Studies UWA <[email protected] or [email protected]> : Jane: 6488 2896 IAS:6488 1340
URL http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au
Start Tue, 22 May 2012 18:00
End Tue, 22 May 2012 19:00
Submitted by jane fyfe <[email protected]>
Last Updated Fri, 11 May 2012 11:07
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