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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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Evolving art

Evolving art

(p.165) Chapter 8 Evolving art
The Aesthetic Brain

Anjan Chatterjee

Oxford University Press

Do we have an instinct for art? Art lovers have the powerful intuition that art is a deep and integral part of us and thus universal. It is a short step from that powerful intuition to think that if something is fundamental to our nature, surely it must be an instinct inserted into us by evolution. At the other extreme is the view that art is simply a by-product of other adaptations, such as rituals that promote social cohesion.

Keywords:   art instinct, adaptation, universal, ritual

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