Beauty lies in the brain of the beholder

Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all      Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.: Or, as the poets say, "hubba-hubba."
Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.: Or, as the poets say, "hubba-hubba."Courtesy beardenb

Is there an objective standard of beauty which everyone agrees on? Or does every individual have their own definition of “beauty”? Turns out it’s a bit of both.

Researchers showed images of famous sculptures to test subjects and monitored their brains’ response. When shown images that had normal proportion, a certain part of the brain was active. When shown distorted images, that brain region was silent. This implies that our brains are hard-wired to recognize and respond to beauty.

However, when asked to judge whether an image was beautiful or ugly, a different part of the brain, one associated with learning and emotion, became active. The researchers conclude that, while our reaction to an image may be hard-wired, what we think about the image is up to us.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anish Sharma's picture
Anish Sharma says:

I totally agree to the fact that beauty arouse ones senses.

posted on Fri, 12/21/2007 - 7:57am
tiffany_88's picture
tiffany_88 says:

Rome is famous for the sculptures because the art is passion in Italy.

posted on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 9:20am
Candice_318's picture
Candice_318 says:

my brothers name is Rome how cool huh? Rome is pretty and so is my brother

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posted on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 9:21am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Blogger James Lileks muses on the connection between turth and beauty.

posted on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 9:45am
diamond2008's picture
diamond2008 says:

beautyl cames from the inside, not the outside!!!!!!

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 9:23am
Andy Korman's picture
Andy Korman says:

rome is so cool i love the death and the history there!!!!

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 9:26am

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