In observing various patterns of organization I have come to a similar conclusion as that of seminal theorist and psychologist Rudolf Arnheim; that there is a neg-entropic drive towards order as exemplified by the presence of phenomena such as societies, governments and grammars. In contrast to this, due to the fact that we are embodied beings, there is also an entropic drive (germinating from human phenomenology) towards chaos. We see this demonstrated by the existence of emotion, free will, creativity and so on. These conflicting drives follow along an axis characterized as beginning with chaos and ending in “perfect order” (or vice versa). As these drives follow along this continuum in opposite directions, a tension, or force dynamic relationship, is created between the entropic and the neg-entropic.
I assert that it is this tension that results in aesthetic appeal or dynamism and that this effect, which is not specific to any one modality, is a discrete character of the cognitive underpinnings of the aesthetic experience.
|Keywords:||Cognitive Aesthetics, Entropy, Neg-Entropy, Embodiment, Semiotic Square, Diegesis, Temporality|
Graduate Student, Cognitive Science Department, School of Arts and Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
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