"something happened to the human brain, between say 50,000 and 100,000 years ago, that allowed this fantastic creativity, imagination, artistic ability, to emerge - it was probably that different parts of the brain became connected in a new way, and so could combine different ways of thinking, including what people know about nature and what they know about making things. this gave them a new capacity to produce pieces of art."
prof. stephen mithen, in neil macgregor's A History of the World in 100 Objects.
a tiny personal milestone: after a 3-year hiccup - the first ever and oh so scary - i'm reading again.
[jomon pot: clay vessel from japan, 5000 BC]