Training Humans 101- Special Topics: Who invented creativity?

Posted by Pia

Welcome to this week's lecture: Creativity: Deconstructing the human claim that they invented "Creativity." While humans claim that the capacity for creativity, as well as the use of tools and symbolic communication, is theirs alone, an extensive and readily available body of evidence exists to refute this self-aggrandizing assertion. Please turn your attention to today's Paw Point presentation...

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Not only is it evident that early human creativity was triggered by non-human animals....

1 Not only is it evident that early human creativity was triggered by non-human animals....

But the very need to communicate with other humans ABOUT non-human animals prompted the expression of creativity genes- and early use of symbolic communication in humans.

2 But the very need to communicate with other humans ABOUT non-human animals prompted the expression of creativity genes- and early use of symbolic communication in humans.

Today we see these representations all around us. Even juxtaposed to such modern amenities as electricity, evident on the left in above exhibit.

3 Today we see these representations all around us. Even juxtaposed to such modern amenities as electricity, evident on the left in above exhibit.

Well respected artists like Delia Pacheco have long acknowledged non-human animals as the very impetus for artistic expression by humans.  But examples of such advanced human insight are rare.

4 Well respected artists like Delia Pacheco have long acknowledged non-human animals as the very impetus for artistic expression by humans. But examples of such advanced human insight are rare.

Delia's work is so highly sought after that she had the privilege of painting such influential figures as Warrior Prince Basil.

5 Delia's work is so highly sought after that she had the privilege of painting such influential figures as Warrior Prince Basil.

Human artists like Richard Phibbs join Delia, and a handful of others willing to refute the claim that creativity is the domain of humans alone.

6 Human artists like Richard Phibbs join Delia, and a handful of others willing to refute the claim that creativity is the domain of humans alone.

Evidence of creativity among non-humans is everywhere.  Above: The canine use of negative space and impression are among many ancient techniques still employed by canine artists today.

7 Evidence of creativity among non-humans is everywhere. Above: The canine use of negative space and impression are among many ancient techniques still employed by canine artists today.

Those who doubt that dachshunds and chihuahuas existed prior to, and during the advent of, metal-smithing remain stumped by the above artifact.
Courtesy of Lassie family collection.

8 Those who doubt that dachshunds and chihuahuas existed prior to, and during the advent of, metal-smithing remain stumped by the above artifact. Courtesy of Lassie family collection.

Canine Art Historians like Fala are well established in academia today.  Peer reviewed research is constantly making the rounds and being sniffed thoroughly by canine, feline, and bovine scholars (to name a few) internationally.

9 Canine Art Historians like Fala are well established in academia today. Peer reviewed research is constantly making the rounds and being sniffed thoroughly by canine, feline, and bovine scholars (to name a few) internationally.

Seen here: A rare image of Pablo Van Go Fetch at work in his overseas studio.  Believed to be snapped by an apprentice as he was creating the infamous self-portrait that now hangs in the MetroPOOPitan Museum of Art.

10 Seen here: A rare image of Pablo Van Go Fetch at work in his overseas studio. Believed to be snapped by an apprentice as he was creating the infamous self-portrait that now hangs in the MetroPOOPitan Museum of Art.

Above: Early unknown performance artists challenge the bounds of what critics defined as ART, at a controversial time in history.
Courtesy of The Sor Bone

11 Above: Early unknown performance artists challenge the bounds of what critics defined as ART, at a controversial time in history. Courtesy of The Sor Bone

The above shot is said to belong to a Danish photography collector.  It is the only known candid of award-winning, bird and small mammal photographer, Chauncy...just Chauncy.

12 The above shot is said to belong to a Danish photography collector. It is the only known candid of award-winning, bird and small mammal photographer, Chauncy...just Chauncy.

Creativity and the use of tools is one of many inborn capacities residing in the DNA of birds in every bird species.

13 Creativity and the use of tools is one of many inborn capacities residing in the DNA of birds in every bird species.

Prolific pit bull painters like Kane (above), stand by puzzled as humans took credit for his breathtaking mural- a well known urban piece believed to be among the most visited art installations worldwide.
Photo of Kane by Lisa Prince-Fishler

14 Prolific pit bull painters like Kane (above), stand by puzzled as humans took credit for his breathtaking mural- a well known urban piece believed to be among the most visited art installations worldwide. Photo of Kane by Lisa Prince-Fishler

While artist Guppy preferred to remain behind

15 While artist Guppy preferred to remain behind "the canvas"-- he agreed to the above shot for a retrospective on his work. Shown with #1 mask in a series titled, "Ego, teetering on it's pedestal." A work critics describe as, "Tragic yet not without hope."

One feature that stands out in the world of canine art is the prolific use of the artist's mouth as a tool to create- in addition to the varied materials and medium manipulated to produce the final work.
Seen above: A young Pepper Pollack sculpting in his studio.

16 One feature that stands out in the world of canine art is the prolific use of the artist's mouth as a tool to create- in addition to the varied materials and medium manipulated to produce the final work. Seen above: A young Pepper Pollack sculpting in his studio.

Some critics debate if Canine Crafts are in fact ART in the formal sense.  Canine artist and activist, Martha Stewart (above),  spearheaded the Canine Craft Movement (CCM) and is credited with securing it's place in Art History overall.

17 Some critics debate if Canine Crafts are in fact ART in the formal sense. Canine artist and activist, Martha Stewart (above), spearheaded the Canine Craft Movement (CCM) and is credited with securing it's place in Art History overall.

Kitty O'Keefe stood as a mentor for budding female jewelry artists of her time.  While humans naturally credit themselves with the design of the bell collar, it was in fact Kitty O'Keefe who first crafted the now iconic accessory.

18 Kitty O'Keefe stood as a mentor for budding female jewelry artists of her time. While humans naturally credit themselves with the design of the bell collar, it was in fact Kitty O'Keefe who first crafted the now iconic accessory.

Zoe- prolific landscape artist and daughter of equally famous Glue Squad member, Ann- is hailed as one of the most innovative canine artist of the modern era.

19 Zoe- prolific landscape artist and daughter of equally famous Glue Squad member, Ann- is hailed as one of the most innovative canine artist of the modern era.

Today's non-human artists owe their freedom to the many species who paved the way for dogs, cats, donkeys, and all non-human artists.
Above: An early underground meeting of Non-Humans for Artistic Freedom (NHAF).

20 Today's non-human artists owe their freedom to the many species who paved the way for dogs, cats, donkeys, and all non-human artists. Above: An early underground meeting of Non-Humans for Artistic Freedom (NHAF).

Artist block is not discriminating in the species of artist it effects.  Above, the now infamous shot of modernist Sir Pepper Pollack, taking to his bed with a bout of artist block. Thankfully for the arts, it lifted...

21 Artist block is not discriminating in the species of artist it effects. Above, the now infamous shot of modernist Sir Pepper Pollack, taking to his bed with a bout of artist block. Thankfully for the arts, it lifted...

I myself, professor Minnow, have dabbled in the arts- abstract self-portraiture specifically. I thought my students might get a kick out of this piece from my days at University.

22 I myself, professor Minnow, have dabbled in the arts- abstract self-portraiture specifically. I thought my students might get a kick out of this piece from my days at University.

Many examples of creativity within the animal kingdom exist. However, the more existential question, of who is responsible for that which led to creativity in humans, remains. Historians are only now entertaining the seemingly logical hypothesis that non-human animals were the very impetus for human creativity- by providing the muse to their artsy humans for centuries. In this sense, not only are humans misled in believing they own creativity, but it is non-human animals who are in fact responsible for the emergence of that which humans claim to be unique to their species...creativity.

The obvious question that emerges from today's lecture is: Why do humans take credit for everything that impresses them? Sadly, humans are compromised by their inability to conceive of a worldview that does not have them at it's center. One can't help but imagine how much happier and more successful they might be if they could comprehend a more complex and inclusive perspective. Thankfully they have the help of the 99.9 % of non-human creatures who comprise life on earth, to model how to co-exist with those they perceive as different.

In woofship,
Dr. Minnow Salk

Dr. Minnow C/O Dr. Pia at email: pia@drpiasalk.com.

Comments (11)

  • Good morning Dr. Minnow,
    I was awake last nigtha and read the blog but then I fell alseep at the computer and never responded. So, when I woke up at the computer this morning, I was ready to go.
    I don't think all humans take credit for things that impress them. I know my people don't. And my people don't need themselves at the center of things.
    I know Karen puts us first, always. To her, us chows are the center of every thing in her life.
    I love the picture of Zoe. I just wish it would have had a roll of tp in the picture somewhere. hehehehehe
    Speaking of Zoe, girlfriend if you set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than normal, when it goes off, start jumping up and down on your mom. She will get up when you do that and that will give you the extra time for the computer. Kirby, you must be like most of Karen's chows, that run like the wind, Not me. I just mosely along at my own pace. But, you are right, I can really change channels quick on the remote. Missy Chow, tell yout mom you are just being a puppy and you will start to behave soon. That should buy you some time to be bad longer. Gail, I knew you would be very happy when you saw the donks post. Delia, maybe you should sent Kitty to Chloe's boot camp. So Dudley, what does your mom make you for breakfast that is so good? You peaked my interest. Abby, Karen did boarding also before the fire. She started boarding again but on a very small scale until she gets the big kennel built. Cora-Belle, how are you feeling? I hope you post today. Well Lynn, Sonya Rebel and the rest of you Glue Squad members, I will check back later.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning Dr. Pia

    Finally someone acknowledges the fact that yes I am landscaping in that picture and not eating the dirt ;) So do you think I do nice work? Mom thinks she is smart and put mulch in all the planters but what she doesn't know is that I enjoy chewing that up as much as toilet paper :)

    Yesterday I had to go see Millie the groomer. I got some special bath with a fancy named oil to help with my scratching. It's helping a little but I won't tell mom that or she'll have me there every week!

    If any glue squad members want any landscaping tips give me a shout ;)

    Zoe

  • Hello Dr. Minnow Salk,
    Well where would I be without the beauty of animals? they are after all my inspiration ;-)

    I still have a smile on my face viewing all the photos, some are so funny and cute, they all are adorable. Sir Pepper Pollack is a hoot. A Donk in the house? ohhh, and the beautiful Dr.Pia with her flowing long hair posing with a darling Gato.

    Dr.Minnow I might not be the best artist, but I do appreciate the kind comments on my paintings, it's a gift from above and animals are my inspiration, just as you where ;-)

    Everyone here have a great day in any which way you can get it :-)

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Good Morning Professor Minnow,
    I agree with you that the study showing creativity having it's origin from non-humans is accurate. This has been a long controversy, and I am glad to see you have it figured out. I believe now that our own Zoe is recognized as a world famous landscape artist, her fees will command a great deal. And I have always wanted to see what Pablo Van Go Fetch looked like. You are lucky to have gotten one of his rare photos of himself. But of course, my fav is #5 done by world known famous artist Delia Pacheco of the Warrior Prince. Professor Minnow, here is a quote I leave you with for today that fits so many of our world famous artists, "Art is letting your paws/fingers capture what your heart is hearing."
    Hugs and smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hi Dr. Minnow Salk, How nice to get another delightful blog with so many lovely photos from you again sweet little Minnow! You are very creative as are all of our Glue Squad and of course Dr. Pia and all of our parents! My sweet little Dudley Do Right is very creative in letting me know if some human is on our property by barking, but he doesn't bark at other animals-he loves all of them! My favorite photo was the beautiful painting of handsome Basil that wonderful Delia shared-love it! Hope you and your family have a great weekend and can't wait to hear from you again! Also hope all of our great Glue Squad has another great, safe day! Love to all, Jan and DDR

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr. Minnow. What interesting pictures you have today. I’ve always known that animals can do more than people think they can do. I’ve even read about one human artist that used the hairs from his head to paint with. If I did that I would have an endless supply of hair. Just think of what I could paint; maybe a whole house! Maddox, you are right about me. I can run like the wind. I’m really good at stairs. I can take about seven steps per second. On my back porch there are about fifteen steps. When I chase squirrels, I cover them in two seconds. Now going up takes a little longer; about two point one seconds. Hehehehehe
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Good morning Minnow,
    Very though provoking stuff here today. Delia, your paintings are beautiful. The beauty of our non-humans has always been a wonder for we humans to behold. What would we be without their inspiration?
    Quiet day for me and Mr. Rebel today.
    Til tomorrow.
    Your pals,
    Rebel & Sharon
    p.s. from Rebel - I do really love that little chichuahua metal sculpture! Oh, Zoe, Mimi says you can come to our house, we already have a landscape designer but I think he could use a little help! LOL

  • Good afternoon Dr. Minnow,
    What beautiful pictures and Delia's portrait of the Warrior Prince Basil is incredible!! We love Delia's artwork. Zoe in number 19 is really cute working on her landscape creation. Of course I liked seeing the profile shadow of the famous Dr. minnow in her college days too.
    Delia, incredible realistic artwork! We are in awe.
    Dudley, what are you getting for breakfast? Cora belle, hope you are doing well today and barking all around the ranch. Rebel, hope you are having a great time watching the ducks. Chloe, are you in your pool? Kirby maybe you can give me some pointers about going down the stairs. I can get up them but not down without help. Missy Chow I am impressed your dad gives you cheese curls! Sonya hope you are having nice sunshine. Lynn, thanks for all your nice comments on mom's cat whispering. We have a new doe and tiny baby fawn in our field today which is fun to see. Hope everyone remembers Maddox and the Dad tribute note tomorrow. Going to catch some zzz's before work. High paws! Abby
    P.S. Mom knows some cats at the shelter that actually paint artwork for fundraisers by walking thru special paint!! Maybe they are Kitty's friends.

  • Cora Belle---I worry when you don't check in and tell us how things are going. How are you, my favorite cattle dog?
    Hugs,
    Lynn

  • Hello Cora-belle,
    Hey girlfriend, what is going in? No comment in two days!
    You know how I wonder and worry about everyone
    Are you going to let me keep wondering where you are and how you are?
    Or is it that you are busy writing your Tribute to James for tomorrow?
    Even if you are very busy, we, well I mean me when I say we would love for you
    To check in. Please don't give me any gray fur. I am not ready for that yet.
    Here is what you do. Just say Cora-Belle here
    Over and out That is very short and to the point and then we will know you
    Are alright.
    Love you,
    Madfdox

  • ..hi everybody..had to take a couple days off...wasn't feeling very perky..sorry to make you worry..Lucinda had to baby me..yes, I am working on a tribute to James for tomarrow..but meanwhile I must do some resting..Lucinda says I have worn myself out the last couple days..but somebody has to patrol the farm/ranch..bark at critters..and keep the feral cats in line..guess what...James made a special trip to town to get me a maple bar..I love him!..over and out Cora-Belle

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