The evolution of beauty and art

by Anonymous on Nov. 16th, 2010

Philosopher Denis Dutton presents a very convincing and entertaining Darwinian perspective on why humans perceive something as beautiful, and why we make art. It's evolutionary! Beauty and art convey unspoken ideas and emotions, aid in sexual selection, and ultimately promote the continuation of the species. This could explain all the hoopla today about Apple Computer finally including the Beatles music catalog on iTunes. "You say you want an evolution..." (cheesy pun added to impress females).

I should add that Dutton's talk is greatly enhanced by animator Andrew Park's clever illustrations.

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