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The Aesthetic BrainHow We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art$
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Anjan Chatterjee, MD

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811809

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.001.0001

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What is this thing called beauty?

What is this thing called beauty?

(p.3) Chapter 1 What is this thing called beauty?
The Aesthetic Brain

Anjan Chatterjee

Oxford University Press

Beauty has a hold on us and exerts much power. We are drawn to it. We go to great lengths to get it. We immerse ourselves in it. Beauty delights us. It inspires us. It makes us ache. It sends us into despair. If myths are to be believed, it can launch a thousand ships to war. But, what exactly is this thing called beauty?

Keywords:   beauty, power, myths

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