- Title Pages
- Chapter 1 What is this thing called beauty?
- Chapter 2 Captivating faces
- Chapter 3 The measure of facial beauty
- Chapter 4 The body beautiful
- Chapter 5 How the brain works
- Chapter 6 Brains behind beauty
- Chapter 7 Evolving beauty
- Chapter 8 Beautiful landscapes
- Chapter 9 Numbering beauty
- Chapter 10 The illogic of beauty
- Chapter 1 What is this thing called pleasure?
- Chapter 2 Food
- Chapter 3 Sex
- Chapter 4 Money
- Chapter 5 Liking, wanting, learning
- Chapter 6 The logic of pleasure
- Chapter 1 What is this thing called art?
- Chapter 2 Art
- Chapter 3 Descriptive science of the arts
- Chapter 4 Experimental science of the arts
- Chapter 5 Conceptual art
- Chapter 6 The roots of art
- Chapter 7 Evolving minds
- Chapter 8 Evolving art
- Chapter 9 Art
- Chapter 10 The serendipity of art
- Books (that I found useful)
The roots of art
The roots of art
- (p.150) Chapter 6 The roots of art
- The Aesthetic Brain
- Oxford University Press
Perhaps journeying back to the origins of art, we might find art in a pristine form. Philosophers point out difficulties in defining art, and critics and historians point out difficulties in interpreting art. The Pleistocene, the period between 1.8 million years to 10,000 years ago, is when we find traces of early art. Perhaps examining ancient art, including ornaments and their decoration and geometry, will give us insight into both art and aesthetic experiences at their very inception.
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