Online Rock Art Lectures
Previous ARARA online lectures can be viewed on our Youtube channel.
October 9: 2021: Thinking about rock art - How our brains can get in the way of what we see. Examples from great rock art in Utah. Troy Scotter
brains are amazing things. They often operate in very “visible” ways. Imagine
that I ask you questions about ARARA: Who is the ARARA vice president? How many
members do we have? What is our website address? With a little work you could
answer those questions. Maybe you would put names to faces, think about the
number of people who attended the last conference, or hop on the computer to do
some research. These slow, laborious processes are what we mostly think about
in terms of decision making. But the bulk of our decisions are actually made by
invisible processes that operate in the background. This presentation will talk
about these slow, laborious processes and the more frequent fast/background processes. Then we will transition
to some of the implications of how we “see” rock art. I promise you a tour of some of the best rock art in Utah as examples. Finally, I’ll suggest some
tools that might improve our perception of rock art.