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EPUB é MOBI The Mind in the Cave Consciousness and the Origins of Art î 9780500284650 ´ Emerging from the narrow underground passages into the chambers of caves such as Lascaux Chauvet and Altamira visitors are confronted with symbols patterns and depictions of bison woolly mammoths iViduals exploited their hallucinations for personal advancement and the first truly modern society emergedIlluminating glimpses into the ancient mind are skillfully interwoven here with the still evolving story of modern day cave discoveries and research The Mind in the Cave is a superb piece of detective work casting light on the darkest mysteries of our earliest ancestors while strengthening our wonder at their aesthetic achievement 4 stars from a layperson and let me preface this review with that although I'm certainly left feeling that I have a lifetime's worth of knowledge about art and it's place in our culture when compared to the author's understanding to be honest The book is brilliant and thorough as one can be regarding the fragments left from a civilization gone now for ten thousand years it certainly filled in many gaps of understanding as my mild interest in the prehistoric world over the years has turned to obsession Several points where I doubted the book interestingly enough are often pointed out by Lewis Williams Specifically I find it hard to accept that he could preface his thoughts on the full spectrum of consciousness by stating why 'altered states of consciousness' is a poor phrase then go on to use the phrase for the entire book eventually falling into the trap of poorly stereotyping non rational thought that he himself had pointed out earlier Similarly the author does a great job of pointing out present bias as he gives a history of anthropological thought regarding the caves which almost seemsor may have actually been a warning regarding his own present bias I feel that there were many times where Lewis Williams fills in the cracks of knowledge with loaded words when trying to get into the mind of the shamans themselves The oversimplification of the differences in neanderthal and modern human consciousness seemed off though to be fair I don't know if we could ever understand the differences between our brains and theirs and my opinions could be colored by advances in neanderthal understanding that the book precededThe final chapter is where this book went from 5 stars to 4 Honestly after reading a book filled with this much wonder to have the writer trivialize complex cultural conscious phenomena as being nothing but neurobiological processes it makes me think that he has no idea what a shamanor 'art' which he seems to like to put in uotations for some reason actually is or does Hopefully as the years go on this great work will be added to by research from a wider cultural backgroundThe most frustrating thing to me about this book other than the last chapter is that 12 years on I would love to get an update on his ideas considering that the past 12 years have seen a considerable amount of prehistoric progress and discovery not even including most recently the debate on neanderthal burials seemingly closed as well as analysis of neanderthal DNA However nothing seems to be available on the internet regarding any edits or changes to the book or even an author's website which might have answered my uestionsI should also add that there is probably a little bit of jealousy in my review as I will never be able to get over the fact that guys like David have been able to actually stand in these caves while I will never be able to It sucksOverall I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject David Lewis Williams does a masterful job of laying out not only the history of modern thought on the subject but specific case studies of cultures that may have lived similarly from opposite ends of the world It's the type of shit that will always inspire me to make art

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Emerging from the narrow underground passages into the chambers of caves such as Lascaux Chauvet and Altamira visitors are confronted with symbols patterns and depictions of bison woolly mammoths ibexes and other animalsSince its discovery cave art has provoked great curiosity about why it appeared when and where it did how it was made and what it meant to the communities that created it David Lewis Williams proposes that the explanat I'm pretty sure I would have been the person in the deepest cave drawing cats

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The Mind in the Cave Consciousness and the Origins of ArtIon for this lies in the evolution of the human mind Cro Magnons unlike the Neanderthals possessed a advanced neurological makeup that enabled them to experience shamanistic trances and vivid mental imagery It became important for people to fix or paint these images on cave walls which they perceived as the membrane between their world and the spirit world from which the visions came Over time new social distinctions developed as indi Access to most caves adorning parietal art is sadly restricted this book helped make that a little less of a tragedy Lewis Williams was one of the few researches who had the chance of stepping into Chauvet and Lascaux the great paleolithic caves The virtual visit of Lascaux he relates in chapter 9 makes this book a true journey Travelling within Lascaux was organized methodologically from the entrance down to the deepest chambers stopping at every panel or rock face to view the art and to review the interpretation of different researchers and studies that have tried to interpret the painting since the discoveries of the caves Understanding strange manifestations in early human behavior such as the beginning of art has evolved from loose assumptions into a science in itself the first chapters of this book outline this development by offering an overview of the paleolithic period which helps put the reader in the cultural context of the study Lewis Williams gathers background data before delving into his own theoretic work he defines cave art and retells the stories of researchers and explorers who first discovered the caves and the first attempts at understanding their purpose The Shamanistic argument isn't the most favorable among scientists it is sometimes used as the easy cop out against a grounded explanation however it is the main tenant to DLW's theory and he successfully takes a multidisciplinary approach in its favor archaeology anthropology ethnographer and neuroscience Studies conducted among the San people of Africa and North American ethnic group try to relate their shamanistic rituals to the subterranean traces left in various caves across Europe over 20 000 years ago One of the most interesting uestions raised in the book was how people unfamiliar with 2 dimensional imagery were able to paint and transfer their 3D world onto flat surfaces The 2D concept isn't easy to grasp modern generations are familiar with it but it is alien and strange to our ancestor who only know the natural 3 dimensional world Shamanism and spirituality are convincingly offered up again as explanation to this uestion the images aren't representations of living creatures; to a shaman they are alive and potent spirits who reveal themselves through the rock face The Neanderthals adopted Homo Sapiens tools but not hunting techniues they occupied the same ecological areas but not the Sapiens procurement strategies Neanderthal never made art arguablyan entire chapter is dedicated to such claims DLW uses biology and neuroscience as the reason behind cultural differences between Neanderthal and Sapiens they are according to him wired differently the Neanderthal's wiring doesn't have the capacity for the evolution of consciousness and therefore can't experience heightened states of consciousness that permitted Sapiens to innovate and create It was one of the most interesting chapters but wasn't as clearly explained as the rest of the book the study papers referenced are intimidating at first sight The amount of information packed in this book is astounding Methodological and well organized It has raised some very interesting uestions very well argued but not unchallengeable the shamanistic argument is a leap in the dark It contains some high uality illustrations and photographs I was deeply invested in this book