Theatre and Consciousness: The Nature of Bio-Evolutionary Complexity in the Arts (Artists and Issues in the Theatre Series)

Theatre and Consciousness: The Nature of Bio-Evolutionary Complexity in the Arts (Artists and Issues in the Theatre Series)

by Gordon Scott Armstrong
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820457736

ISBN-13: 9780820457734

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Human beings have speech, we have consciousness, but 130,000 years ago we had nothing: why? Theatre and Consciousness argues that the functioning of human consciousness in interpreting and staging a theatrical performance is among the most highly selective and adaptive operations known to science. The emergence of the human mind out of discontinuous,

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Human beings have speech, we have consciousness, but 130,000 years ago we had nothing: why? Theatre and Consciousness argues that the functioning of human consciousness in interpreting and staging a theatrical performance is among the most highly selective and adaptive operations known to science. The emergence of the human mind out of discontinuous, pulsing, neuronal brain patterns is a study in complexity theory, possibly as complicated as the organization of the universe. According to this book, the theatre as a substrate of consciousness is one element that defines modern man as a reflective species, having evolved over 190,000,000 years. The emergence of Homo Sapiens is unique and fundamentally unpredictable; our developed speech is closer to birdsong than to any other species’ communication on earth, we have survived five galactic «beam-splitters» from space, and our evolutionary, discontinuous cortex has found a pattern to existence that may include up to twenty-six folded dimensions of «string-theory» space. This book asserts that the story of theatre is the story of the evolution of our second generation star.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820457734
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Artists and Issues in the Theatre Series, #14
Pages:
177
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1Evolution of Theatrical Consciousness
Ch. 1The Discontinuous Process3
Ch. 2Complex Solutions21
Ch. 3Interstices35
Ch. 4Chaotics41
Ch. 5Consciousness and Craft55
Pt. 2Ancient Wonders
Ch. 6Complexity and Discontinuity of Species65
Ch. 7Nature's Return79
Ch. 8The Discontinuous Cortex97
Pt. 3The Theatrical Genome
Ch. 9Ancient and Modern Theatre Consciousness117
Ch. 10Twenty-six Strings of Consciousness139
Notes147
Bibliography163
Index171

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