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Jumped Up Chimpanzee's Avatar Jump to comment 24 by Jumped Up Chimpanzee

I think what is interesting is that we have a shared sense of beauty, just like we have a shared sense of humour or love of music (not always exactly shared, but you know what I mean).

These are all abstract things and I think that might be a key reason why it is an advantage.

If we were only able to socially interact by way of direct person to person communication, or over material objects, it would make our social interactions very intense and probably create a lot of conflicts within a group. Yet a shared interest in beautiful landscapes, humour, music, etc, allows us to create deep social bonds while our focus is not aimed directly at each other.

Just an idea...

Fri, 13 Jul 2012 21:35:56 UTC | #949124