“Neophilia contends with neophobia.”So writes Brett Cooke in Biopoetics.
He adds, “Science fiction allows us to vicariously live in a society before we have taken on the investment of building it.”
Our love of novelty often first gets expressed in our arts and we evolve toward or away from what is new.
Brett Cooke writes in Biopoetics, “The very universality of the arts, surely not a pure accident, by itself argues strongly for the opposite position – namely, that the arts perform some sort of vital role in determining our evolutionary fate.”
I find that disconcerting when earlier Cooke wrote, “Indeed, our findings should be taken to suggest that the arts be restored to their former prominence. both in the classroom and in our wider social discourse. With ease and pleasure they train us in a variety of valuable cognitive skills……
“Poetics is distinguished from hermeneutics by its focus not on the meaning of a text, but rather its understanding of how a text’s different elements come together and produce certain effects on the reader.” -Wikipedia.
Biopoetics does not exist, this also from Wikipedia.
I love nothing more than reading a book with a title that does not exist, as is the case with Biopoetics, a book edited by Brett Cooke and Frederick Turner.