Gary Peterson Art Blog
Art connects the intellect with an emotion and makes you feel good - or at least smart. But the intellect is rigid and emotions are unstable - they can flare up and get out of hand. Michelangelo is said to have taken a hammer and wacked a sculpture because it wouldn__™t talk to him. When expressing a creative urge, an artist unconsciously converts intelligence and emotions into the more manageable aspects of beliefs and desires. Art is the difference between belief and desire.
Beliefs and desires are ___intentional___ states of mind because they aim at something: the object of our desire or the thing in which we believe. Beliefs are filed under ___knowledge___ with the likes of faith, intuition, suspicion, etc., while ___desire___ is stored with hopes, wishes, needs, and demands.
Beliefs are the simplest form of mental representation: the building blocks of conscious thought. Beliefs become knowledge only if they are proven true. They are, along with external motivations, the value system that controls our behavior. You are what you believe.
The Scottish philosopher David Hume said our beliefs don__™t depend on experience or reason, just ideas: the imagination. If our expectations are repeatedly met, our beliefs become habit. ___The idea of heat becomes a belief in the presence of a flame.___ But doubt is the scourge of belief, so it__™s ouch, ouch, ouch___until eventually our behavior becomes automatic.
---End of excerpt. Read the entire essay in The Intellectual Handyman On Art, a book by Gary R Peterson (iUniverse)