Re: The biological basis of the beauty meme

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Fri May 25 2001 - 07:33:21 MDT

>From: "John Marlow" <>

>Gotta take issue with this. Let us drop the "people" part and
>concentrate on "beautiful." works of art with no humans in them,
>no representation of anything with any survival value, no
>relationship to anything any gene has ever come across--can move
>the person beholding it to tears. Beauty is indeed in the eye (or,
>more correctly, the perceptions) of the beholder--not the genes.
>The same principle applies to appreciation of personal beauty.

You forget that the "eye" was built by the genes.

Mortimer Adler has some interesting things to say about this in his
book "How to think about the great ideas."


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