The biological basis of the beauty meme

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Tue May 22 2001 - 14:44:56 MDT

the pioneering research of Randy Thornhill, UNM Regents' professor of
biology, and Steven Gangestad, professor of psychology, has shown that beauty
may not be entirely skin deep. There are a number of biological constants that
transcend culture, ethnicity, and advertising campaigns. One of these is
bilateral symmetry, which is how well your left side matches your right.

More evidence indicating the ability to recognize beauty derives from
neuro-biology and behavioral genetics (as do morality and love). IOW, our
genes decide how we perceive beauty, who we love, and whether we think it
right or wrong.

Stay hungry,

--J. R.

Useless hypotheses:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism

                        "In a world without fences and walls,
                         who needs Gates and Windows?"
                         --Charles Kendall

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