Beauty relieves pain

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053810008001177

On the right tab of more articles, plenty of papers on neuroaesthetics.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364661314000758

Beauty is real.

Neuroaesthetics is an emerging discipline within cognitive neuroscience that is concerned with understanding the biological bases of aesthetic experiences. These experiences involve appraisals of natural objects, artifacts, and environments. Because aesthetic encounters are common in everyday life, exploration of their biological bases can deepen our understanding of human behavior in important domains such as mate selection, consumer behavior, communication, and art. We review recent evidence showing that aesthetic experiences emerge from the interaction between sensory–motor, emotion–valuation, and meaning–knowledge neural systems. Neuroaesthetics draws from and informs traditional areas of cognitive neuroscience including perception, emotion, semantics, attention, and decision-making. The discipline is at a historical inflection point and is poised to enter the mainstream of scientific inquiry.

There are interesting findings about the amygdala’s novelty trigger and about aesthetic expertise in the brain.

Whatever, evolution.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053811911006203

A 27,000 year-old necklace

white people

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Dates from the Ice Age.

At this point, I am totally showing off.

Maybe Vox Day’s Time to Civilization concept would be best applied to tools and jewelry evolution?

I’d say coins but we literally invented numismatics. The Goddess Moneta’s temple was literally opposite the ancient mint. [Some sources claim in the Temple but it was all generally the same sacred space.]

God’s work

Working hard and doing doing great work is as imperative as breathing. Creating great work warms the heart and enriches the soul. Those of us lucky enough to spend our days doing something we love, something we’re good at, are rich. If you do not work passionately (even furiously) at being the best in the world at what you do, you fail your talent, your destiny, and your God. – George Lois

Link: Neanderthal’s under-rated genius

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/01/24/neanderthals-underrated-genius/#.WIojkVOLTZ4

“For the Levallois technique, the toolmaker takes an oblong, relatively flat flint nodule and strikes flakes off the thinner sides of the core all the way around its circumference. She then flips the nodule over and strikes flakes off its front side, then flips it again to do the same on the back. Finally, and after a lot of such preparation, the toolmaker strikes one end of the core to remove a large and distinctive “Levallois flake” off its front. By design, the edge of the Levallois flake will follow the contours of previous flake scars, creating a very nice, thin, and predictably shaped tool.”

this is awkward

Women own the domain of art, men veer toward cookery, carpentry, ballistics.

Women were the original cave-painters too. They finally measured the palms. Facts are hard for sexist idiots.

They act like ancient man had thousands of hours per week and the women just sat around…. knitting.

The women made these things for everyone to enjoy once the men returned.
To deny female creativity is practically to deny one’s own birth.

It isn’t even a feminist thing in the old sense, it’s mathematics.
It’s like when they try to claim the Scientific Revolution was a sausage fest. Certainly there were more men (because women were physically banned from Universities) but it was much more a matter of class (there were high-born men and high-born women and barely a whit of difference between them).