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James David Lewis-Williams, The Mind In The Cave: Consciousness And The Origins Of Art Quotes: "Consciousness has evolved biologically and can therefore be explained biologically."

Consciousness has evolved biologically and can therefore be explained biologically.




James David Lewis-Williams, The Mind In The Cave: Consciousness And The Origins Of Art Quotes: "Primary consciousness is a state of being aware of things in the world – of having mental images in the present.But it is not accompanied by any sense of a person with a past and future…"

Primary consciousness is a state of being aware of things in the world – of having mental images in the present.But it is not accompanied by any sense of a person with a past and future…



James David Lewis-Williams, The Mind In The Cave: Consciousness And The Origins Of Art Quotes: "Primary consciousness is a kind of ‘remembered present’…"

Primary consciousness is a kind of ‘remembered present’…



James David Lewis-Williams, The Mind In The Cave: Consciousness And The Origins Of Art Quotes: "I believe it is reasonable to assume that higher-order consciousness developed neurologically in Africa before the second wave of emigration to the Middle East and Europe."

I believe it is reasonable to assume that higher-order consciousness developed neurologically in Africa before the second wave of emigration to the Middle East and Europe.




James David Lewis-Williams, The Mind In The Cave: Consciousness And The Origins Of Art Quotes: "Improved memory made possible the long-term recollection of dreams and visions and the construction of those recollections into a spirit world."

Improved memory made possible the long-term recollection of dreams and visions and the construction of those recollections into a spirit world.



James David Lewis-Williams, The Mind In The Cave: Consciousness And The Origins Of Art Quotes: "Once human beings had developed higher-order consciousness, they had the ability to see mental images projected onto surfaces and to experience afterimages."

Once human beings had developed higher-order consciousness, they had the ability to see mental images projected onto surfaces and to experience afterimages.



James David Lewis-Williams, The Mind In The Cave: Consciousness And The Origins Of Art Quotes: "For the makers, the paintings and engravings were visions, not representations of visions."

For the makers, the paintings and engravings were visions, not representations of visions.




James David Lewis-Williams, The Mind In The Cave: Consciousness And The Origins Of Art Quotes: "In Lascaux and other sites, hoofs are depicted to show their underside, or hoofprint."

In Lascaux and other sites, hoofs are depicted to show their underside, or hoofprint.



James David Lewis-Williams, The Mind In The Cave: Consciousness And The Origins Of Art Quotes: "The portable animal statuettes were therefore far more than decorative trinkets: they were reified three-dimensional spirit animals with all their prophylactic and other powers."

The portable animal statuettes were therefore far more than decorative trinkets: they were reified three-dimensional spirit animals with all their prophylactic and other powers.



James David Lewis-Williams, The Mind In The Cave: Consciousness And The Origins Of Art Quotes: "Shamans submit to death in order to serve their communities."

Shamans submit to death in order to serve their communities.



James David Lewis-Williams, The Mind In The Cave: Consciousness And The Origins Of Art Quotes: "The Upper Palaeolithic figures known as ‘wounded men’ occur at Cougnac and Pech Merle, two sites in the Quercy district of France."

The Upper Palaeolithic figures known as ‘wounded men’ occur at Cougnac and Pech Merle, two sites in the Quercy district of France.



James David Lewis-Williams, The Mind In The Cave: Consciousness And The Origins Of Art Quotes: "The ‘wounded men’ may, I argue, represent a form of shamanistic suffering, ‘death’ and initiation that was closely associated with somatic hallucinati"

The ‘wounded men’ may, I argue, represent a form of shamanistic suffering, ‘death’ and initiation that was closely associated with somatic hallucinati




James David Lewis-Williams, The Mind In The Cave: Consciousness And The Origins Of Art Quotes: "In altered states of consciousness, the nervous system itself becomes a ‘sixth sense’ that produces a variety of images including entoptic phenomena."

In altered states of consciousness, the nervous system itself becomes a ‘sixth sense’ that produces a variety of images including entoptic phenomena.



James David Lewis-Williams, The Mind In The Cave: Consciousness And The Origins Of Art Quotes: "The principal aim of a vision quest is to ‘see’ a spirit animal that will become the quester’s animal-helper and source of his power."

The principal aim of a vision quest is to ‘see’ a spirit animal that will become the quester’s animal-helper and source of his power.



James David Lewis-Williams, The Mind In The Cave: Consciousness And The Origins Of Art Quotes: "A shaman’s activities as a sorcerer, or his own conscious act of entry into the supernatural world, were a kind of “killing”."

A shaman’s activities as a sorcerer, or his own conscious act of entry into the supernatural world, were a kind of “killing”.