Mindprints: the Structural Shadows of Mind-reality?

Tsion Avital

The point of departure for this essay was the question: What are the cognitive attributes without which the prehistoric image-maker could not have begun to create painting? The aim of the search for these a priori attributes was an attempt to anchor the nature of art in attributes of the mind and thereby to uncover an Archimedean fulcrum for tracing lines of demarcation between art and non-art, which have become completely blurred in our century. The search has revealed some ten unique attributes all of which are epistemological and ontological oxymorons, or metastructures of the complementarity of mind and reality such as: Connectivity-Disconnectivity, Hierarchy-Randomness, Symmetry-Asymmetry and others. While the point of departure of this study was art, it may be that its results also have implications for the understanding of science and the other areas of culture, for these attributes which I have called ?mindprints? appear to be common to all products of the mind. One may say with some boldness that these attributes are perhaps common to all levels of Being: the material, biological and noetic levels; but they are manifested by different means and at different levels of abstraction and generalization. If the mindprints are common to all branches of culture as is proposed here, it may be that this can serve as the structural basis for a particularly coherent transdisciplinary approach.