>I tend to think Ayn Rand was onto something in her _The Romantic Manifesto_
>when she claimed art fills the need of a conceptual mind. As far as we
>know, no other animals are conceptual -- not to the degree humans are, at
>least -- and no other animals have art. (Anyone care to debate this
You smiley, but I beg to differ. Koko and Michael, the mountain gorillas cared for, studied, and educated by Dr. Francine Patterson are avid painters. They can paint pure emotion. They can describe what they have painted. Some of their work clearly resembles what they have described.
Check out http://www.koko.org/koko/gorilla_art/index.html and decide for yourself. Many of their pieces are there.
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