A figure without a ground, in effect, a monster.
We're the unnatural ones.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ken Armstrong" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, April 15, 2006 5:54 AM
Subject: Re: Gorilla Art
> Additionally, if it is part of apes' nature to paint, where do they get
> their supplies? The poor gorillas. One group of human beings wants them
> well, be human beings with language, tools, art, etc and goes to great
> lengths to engineer the service environment, or ground, that will make the
> figure of an artificer ape appear "natural." Another segment of the human
> population goes to great lengths to eradicate them. So, whether they're
> being Skinner-boxed into creativity or mercilessly exterminated, they are
> not permitted to be what they are. What a bunch are we.
> Ken A.
> --On Friday, April 14, 2006 8:51 PM -0400 Tom Gray
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > From: "Rickard A. Parker"
> >> "It is part of ape nature to paint. Apes like to use crayons, pencils
> >> and finger paints. Of course, they also like to eat them."
> >> Roger Fouts
> > Astronomers seeing signs of intelligent life in the universe must always
> > be careful to determine on which side of the telescope the intelligence
> > is. The same could be said for the perception of art in non-humans.
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