The book pictured here, The Creative Ice Age Brain: Cave
Art in the Light of Neuroscience by Barbara Olins Alpert [Foundation 20 21,
2008] fascinates for many reasons.
But, for this blog, its intent is to show, as Professor
Denis Vialou writes in the Preface, that early mankind’s evolution is unique to
Earth and “Hominids marked by bipedalism” [3 million years ago] evolved to the
“genus Homo [and] was marked by encephalisation” and “the principal anatomical difference
between early man and anatomically modern man or sapiens, is the skull.”
commends Ms. Alper’s work for showing that an “unfathomable creative
diversity [has been generated] in an unbroken chain from prehistory to our own
I’ve dealt with, at another blog of mine, the artistic
ramifications of Ms. Alpert’s magnificent observations.
For here, I’m stressing that human evolution, as expressed
by way of prehistoric and/or primitive art, confirms that humankind is unique
in a significant way and that intercession by alleged alien life forms
(extraterrestrials) as advocated by some is wrong-headed in a great way.
Ms. Alpert writes “We may gain access to the imagination of
humankind at the moment of creation of the first known art, and we may, as a
corollary, be closer to understanding the source of the creative spark that is
a singularity of our species.” [xxiii]
AA theorists will say the “source of the creative spark”
came from alien species visiting the Earth in the earliest of time.
But Ms. Alpert shows that “the creative spark” came upon
humankind in diverse places and seems to be an ingredient of early man’s
That is, no one “implanted” the idea to draw or create art;
it stems from an evolving brain process that is unique to humans, early and
eventually led to artistic endeavors off walls, such as the creation of
standing art; i.e., sculptures, and building of artifacts, such as walls,
pyramids, temples, et cetera.
I’ll be showing, in future postings here, that “the creative
art brain” has led to our technological advances which could only happen here,
and that supposed alien live forms coming here would not, could not, have
evolved in a similar manner to that of Earthlings.
Again, AA theorists will try to say that extraterrestrials
manipulated early mankind’s DNA and cognitive brain, but I resort to Ms.
Alpert’s singular evaluation that prehistoric man developed the ability to
create in far too many locations, under extreme conditions that would require a
super-alien, visiting life form unreasonable access to all early hominids, in
far too many places to achieve the evolutionary changes that early cave art
Humans arose and evolved in an environment that is unique.
No other planet would evolve like Earth, no matter how much one might try to
stretch the idea that other planets are like Earth. It just isn’t the case, and
if there were a planet that had similar or like geographical, meteorological,
geological processes, does it seem likely that such creatures as we are imbued
with here on Earth would evolve and
travel here to spread or create, in situ, their creative
That idea is intellectual madness.