THE EVOLUTIONARY BASIS FOR ARCHIMEDES AND DA VINCI
Neuroscientists have discovered clues to two tantalizing aspects of human cognition that have a fundamental relationship to the advent of civilization - aesthetics and insight.
According to Scientific American
, brain mapping experiments have pinpointed the prefrontal cortex and the right hemishere's temporal cortex respectively as the locations where appreciation of beauty and creative, intuitive, thinking take place. These findings may explain the relative explosion of tool-making, decorative ornamentation, symbolic conceptualization and emerging social complexity among humans in the last 10,000 - 100,000 years as Homo sapiens sapiens superceded Neanderthals
and earlier hominid relatives.