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The Age of Abstraction

  • For thousands of years the human mind has created objects by imitating Nature. Cars have four wheels because mammals have four legs. Planes have two wings because birds have two wings.
  • During the 20th century the human race transitioned into the age of abstraction. Nature is no longer the model. Quantum Theory, Relativity, abstract painting, avantgarde music, the computer, the Internet are not modeled after Nature.
  • They represent a new stage of the human mind, as it emancipates itself from Nature.