It has appeared necessary to devote some space to this subject, inasmuch as that usually acute writer Sir Henry Maine has accepted the word " tenure " in its modern interpretation, and has built up a theory under which the Irish chief " developed " into a feudal baron. I can find nothing in the Brehon laws to warrant this theory of social Darwinism, and believe further study will show that the Cain Saerrath and the Cain Aigillue relate solely to what we now call chattels, and did not in any way affect what we now call the freehold, the possession of the land.
Large fractions of our lives are spent watching people acting, competing, working, performing, or just simply relaxing. While some people are skilled in the creation of interesting sights and sounds, others are trained observers.
They seek out unusual sights, or register events that most of us would never notice. Out of these sensations has emerged an embroidery of artistic activities that are uniquely human. Their common origins may seem surprising to many, because a great gulf seems to lie between them, shored up by our educational systems and prejudices.
This book is an attempt to see things differently. We want to explore some of the ways in which our common experience of living in the Universe rubs off on us. It has become fashionable since the s to regard all interesting human attributes as things that are learned from our contacts with individuals and society—as the results of nurture, not nature—and to ignore the universalities 2 Tales of the unexpected of human thinking.
Recently, this prejudice has been seriously undermined. Things are far more complicated. The complexities of our minds and bodies witness to a long history of subtle adaptations to the nature of the world and its other occupants. Human beings, together with all their likes and dislikes, their senses and sensibilities, did not fall ready-made from the sky; nor were they born with minds and bodies that bear no imprints of the history of their species.
We have instincts and propensities that bear subtle testimony to the universalities of our own environment, and that of our distant ancestors. Some of these instincts, like that for language, are so important that, for all practical purposes, they are unalterable; others are more malleable, and can be partially overwritten, or totally reprogrammed, by experience: Some of those environmental universalities stretch farther than our home planet.
They may tell us important things about any form of living intelligence—wherever it might be in the Universe. To unravel all these strands is an impossible task. Our aims in this book are more modest. We are going to look at some of the unexpected ways in which the structure of the Universe—its laws, its environments, its astronomical appearance—imprints itself upon our thoughts, our aesthetic preferences, and our views about the nature of things.
There has always been a divide between those who view science as the discovery of real things and those who regard it as an elaborate mental creation designed to make sense of some unknowable reality.
The former view is attractive to the scientists because it makes them feel good about what they are doing: The latter viewpoint is more readily adopted by those involved in the study of human behaviour.
Sociologists and psychologists are so impressed by the inventiveness of the human mind, and by the collective human activities of scientists, that they think that this is all there is to it.
Whatever the strengths of these claims and counterclaims, there is undoubtedly a dilemma for the outsider. Are the sciences and the humanities alternative responses to the world in which we live? Must we embrace either the subjective or the objective: One of our goals here is to illuminate the relationship between the sciences and the arts with a new perspective on our emergence in the Universe.
The fact that we have evolved in a particular type of universe constrains what we think, and how we think, in unsuspected ways. Why do we like certain types of art or music? Why do we have a propensity for seeing patterns where none exist?
Why do so many myths and legends have common factors? Why are some images so attractive to the human eye? What are the sources of fatalism and our views about the end of the world?
If we were to make contact with extraterrestrial civilizations, what might we expect them to like, and be like? What could we learn about them from their aesthetics?
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