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← Why do we find mountains beautiful?

ccw95005's Avatar Jump to comment 11 by ccw95005

I think our love of beauty is so wide ranging that its evolution wasn't as specific as preferring higher altitudes or whatever. After all, people have settled more in the lowlands than in the mountains, and we appreciate the beauty of Florida Everglades and Louisiana swamps, as well as sunsets and rainbows and clouds and storms and impressionist paintings and the Golden Gate Bridge and Gothic cathedrals. I see it as more of a generalized appreciation of harmonious colors and patterns, which appeal to us for God knows what evolutionary reason, and it's a small miracle that what we consider beautiful is as consistent as it is from person to person.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 20:01:30 UTC | #948867