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One might expect natural selection on communicatory systems to maximize the effective range and directionality of signals (Alexander, 1967).
It is this philosophical dimension of art (as opposed to the historical) that enables its immediate communicatory powers; and ipso facto, defines poetry as a genre: a kind of speculation regarding ideal types or typical situations, whose typicality is such only in relation to given behavioral norms that are accepted and understood by all.
The answer may be found in the family's fundamentally conflictual, even contradictory communicatory system, termed by Gregory Bateson "the double bind--a situation in which no matter what a person does, he `can't win.
They could also add that story telling is probably one of the oldest communicatory arts.