Re: Neanderthals and Art (long and speculative)
Thu, 24 Jul 1997 02:20:22 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 7/23/97 8:26:15 PM, wrote:

>If you combine my original post about
>artistic ability as a catalyst for
>technological dvelopment, with your
>'long and speculative' post about art as
>a means of sexual attraction, you get:
>Sex driven technological progress.
> Who could ask for more?

Technologically driven sexual progress? :-)

Seriously, I think there is a significant sexual component to developing
technology, and more directly than through intermediating art. Cars seem
indelibly connected to sex, and just about every new communication technology
gets used for pornography.

I also can't help but think what the results would be if our current sexual
selection, based on art and bodies, were partially redirected to, say, solid
scientific thinking, or novel technological improvements. I wonder, too, how
H. technologicus would get along with H. Sapiens.