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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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The illogic of beauty

The illogic of beauty

(p.64) Chapter 10 The illogic of beauty
The Aesthetic Brain

Anjan Chatterjee

Oxford University Press

Beauty is not to be found exclusively in the world or in our heads. Our minds are part of the world, and how we think and experience and act has been molded by the world over eons of evolution. The experience of beauty comes from the interactions between our minds and the world. Our brains evolved to find some objects universally beautiful, but even if experiences of beauty are shared universally, cultural influences and context affect these experiences.

Keywords:   beauty, brain, context, experience, cultural, evolution

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