While some early forms of scientific engagement are known to have been present in prehistoric cultures, it wasn’t until the 19th century that science emerged as a formal, specialized field. Art, on the other hand, was important to the human experience even before we were fully human. Neanderthals were using ochre pigments for ornamental purposes 250,000 years ago, and many of our earliest relics are cave paintings and musical instruments. Hegel has a theory that as time progresses, the world is coming to know itself. Perhaps art is the very illustration of that idea: a collective creative embodiment of the world coming to know itself. Evolution combined with consciousness produces culture.
Rachell Sussman, in The Oldest Living Things In The World
Unfortunately, when I Googled Hegel to try and put that tidbit in context and decipher Hegel’s thought I immediately realized that I don’t understand what Hegel means at all.
Halp from philosophy folks is welcomed.