Ancient Ritual – Sculpture by Addé 2018
Théodore Monod (1902- 2000) was a French naturalist, biologist, erudite, and humanist, specialist of the desert.
One day, while browsing a desolate space strewn with pebbles, he crouched down and picked up a rather large stone, then said: “this has been used as a tool, probably by someone in prehistoric times, then left there, where it still remains”.
Then he put back the stone at its exact spot, and went on his trek…
Many animals share the capacity of using elements as tools, mainly stones. Sometimes, wooden sticks, branches, are brandished by elephants or apes, yet not further than a threat.
If animals are able to grasp the concept of tool, they use them as they are found.
Then, around 2.5 million years ago, Homo habilis is able to modify found matter and adapt to its function.
Fashioning tools marks a second step from elementary teleology to the modification of matter using other materials.
Since then, we have not ceased to follow that principle, probably because improvement is fun, and necessity is the mother of invention!
“Ancient Ritual” Sculpture by Addé 2018
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