Has Art Lost Its Way?

The ancient Greeks embraced great philosophies and guiding principles in their art and culture.  This gave birth to democratic concepts for the world and laid the foundations of maths and science. They developed a balancing philosophy of the “infinite” as well as a mechanical reality, saying, beauty is in the infinite. They invented the terminology Phi (the golden ratio) and the Pi mathematical term to demonstrate the mathematics of infinity, which associate the concept of infinite vanishing points used in arts for perspective.

Their unifying philosophies of reality were held to balance the concepts of materialistic chaotic destruction that they considered as being Diabolic and they warned of worshipping materialism as a destroyer of civilisations. In complete contrast to this ancient Greek world-view, the destructive principle is now called the Second law of thermodynamics-Einstein called it the premier law of all of the sciences and his colleague Sir Arthur Eddington called it the supreme law of the entire universe. In his paper The Ethics of the 21st century Rennaissance, Dr Robert Pope quotes the Nobel Laureate Lord Bertrand Russell who wrote in his famous essay, A Freeman’s Worship that we had no choice but to worship this law in despair and anguish.

The Second law of thermodynamics, the law of destruction, also called the universal heat death law, is now considered as a guiding principle on which modern society, sciences, technology and economics is based. So have we lost these deeper meanings in our arts, and become more material as the Greeks had warned?

Is it possible that modern art has lost its inspiration to guide our future with healthy guiding principles for humanity? How can we use our art to reinvigorate our ethics and inspire wisdom to once again lead the way for healthy development of future technologies and an ethical society that does not implode on itself in a massive boom bust cycle?

Mark Robinson talks with Artist and Philosopher Professor Robert Pope.

MR: Can you tell us a bit about yourself please?

Prof RP: Thank you for your questions. As well as being a professional artist I am the director of the Science-Art Research Centre of Australia, which is an Australian Government Approved Research Institute. As a philosopher of Science-Art, I am an advisor to networks of scientists around the world about reuniting modern science with a lost science belonging to the Greek Humanities. The Centre was lucky enough to discover new physics laws governing optimum biological evolutionary growth and development, from a research program given to it in 1997 by China’s most highly awarded physicist, Kun Huang.

MR: What is the inspiration for your art?

Prof RP: When I was working throughout outback Australia on oil and mineral search expeditions I became interested in the techniques used to remove the electronic noise created by the wind blowing over sensitive electronic equipment, a bit like removing the noise from a scratched musical recording. I wondered if this could be applied to the workings of the brain in order to discover the reason why humans created paintings. In 1968 I resigned from my mining profession and opened my own art gallery in Alice Springs and became a professional artist.

MR: What role do you think the artist has in society?

Prof RP: I am now convinced that the role of the artist is to help science escape from the chaos caused by its present obsession with only physical reality, while it ignores the workings of the holographic reality, which in ancient times was referred to as a spiritual reality.

MR: Would you consider the inspiration process used in art to be key to innovation and promote healthy development for human survival?

Prof RP: Most certainly yes. Artistic feelings can now be linked to the workings of the molecule of emotion, discovered by Dr Candace Pert in 1972. They are necessary for maintaining health, because the influence of artistic feelings affects the workings of the molecule as it constantly generates changes to the endocrine fluids responsible for health.

MR: What is the purpose of your new book, The 21st Century Renaissance?

Prof RP: The purpose of the book is to bring about a rebirth of the wisdom belonging to the lost Greek science for ethical ends.

MR: Why do you think that Plato’s ideas should be considered influential?

Prof RP: Plato wrote in his theories of creation that All is Geometry. In his Timaeus, he defined evil as an anti-life property of unformed matter within the physical atom, which could emerge to destroy civilisation. This was a warning about the destructive power of nuclear radiation being predicted from Plato’s research into geometry. Einstein dismissed all of the geometrical logic that preceded the formation of matter, ignoring the mythical creative intuitions about the ancient ideas of creation that Plato wrote about.

MR: Do you see the arts influencing our future world ethics, or has our inspiration been lost?

Prof RP: I believe that the arts will merge into a new ethical medical science, but first we need to understand the difference between aesthetics as the theory of art appreciation and how it entangles with ethics to generate the ideas needed for a healthy Science-Art technology.

MR:  How can we teach the next generation about balanced systems to ensure human survival and what role does art play in this?

Prof RP: Education is the answer, just like this project that you are working on. Nanotechnology has so many wonderful things to say that mainstream science cannot even imagine anything like it. This is the reason why Buckminster Fuller wrote that it shall be the artistic mind that will turn us around from a science taking us toward a chaotic destruction.

MR: If your ideas are linked to the classical age of art, how are your philosophies relevant to the modern digital age?

Prof RP: That is a very important question. Quantum mechanics is about an act of observer participation, a sort of mind over matter force that happens when an observer, looking through a powerful microscope at a subatomic particle, uses light to see it and the light bumps into the small particle, affecting the fabric of the universe. Medical science is now fusing intuitive logic into the digital process and this is revealing incredible new technologies based upon infinite fractal logic, a knowledge that was once forbidden within Western science.

MR: Do you have any concluding comments?

Prof RP: When we look at a beautiful painting of a great waterfall cascading down the sides of a mountain we are looking at the slow death of the mountain by the environmental forces of wind and rain, which is the natural process belonging to Einstein’s world of chaos theory. This process generates an aesthetic, artistic emotion forming substance within the brain. When the mind’s eye links this aesthetic, art appreciation theory, to intuitive science then emotion forming substances changes its geometrical structure into what is called a dynamic fractal logic that extends to infinity. Once we have a medical science that realises that this process is for the betterment of the human condition, then this can help to bring about practical solutions to the problems now facing humanity.



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