Dissanayake on Cognitive Semiotics

So I have recently been studying the theories and philosophies behing installation and environmental art. It has brought up some very interesting articles like the one posted below by Ellen Dissanayake. The link is to the entire article, and the abstract is below. I still have mixed feelings about these writings and would be interested to see what you think!

Ellen Dissanayake


An ethological description of mother-infant interaction suggests that it
was adaptive during human evolution. From their early weeks, infants
universally respond to certain affect-laden elements of maternal communication
that can be called “proto-aesthetic.” I hypothesize that these capacities
and receptivities, which evolved from about 1.7 million years ago
to enable mother-infant bonding, became a reservoir of affective mechanisms
that could be used subsequently by ancestral humans when
they first began to “artify”—that is, when they invented the “arts” as vehicles
of ceremonial religious experience. The ethological, evolutionary,
and cross-cultural foundations of the Artification Hypothesis challenge
current influential ideas in cognitive science, evolutionary aesthetics, and
neuroaesthetics about human aesthetic capacities and behavior. The hypothesis
offers a broader and deeper view to these fields by emphasizing
preverbal, presymbolic, pancultural, cross-modal, supra-modal, participative,
temporally organized, affective, and affinitive aspects of aesthetic
cognition and behavior. It additionally proposes that artifying is an unrecognized
but vital evolved component of human nature.