The state of the arts today can no more be inferred from looking inside prehistoric caves than today's weather can be predicted from the Ice Age.
Denis Dutton, 2009.
Denis Dutton argues, instead, that the state of the arts can best be understood and explored by first-hand observation and experience of present artistic tastes and works.
Keywords: evolution, prediction, arts, science.
Denis Dutton: The Art Instinct. Beauty, Pleasure & Human Evolution. Bloomsbury Press, New York, 2009; page 3.