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Schrodinger's Cat's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by Schrodinger's Cat

My own theory is that beauty is a direct result of intelligence. The problem with intelligent creatures is that they are liable to question their basic instinctive programming.......and see through the facade, for example the manner in which people are conned into perpetuating the species with the reward of relatively brief sexual pleasure. An evolutionary existential crisis thus arises. I think the evolutionary answer to this was to extend the illusion even further. We find the world beautiful because it provides the incentive to stay alive......at least long enough to perpetuate the species.

Tue, 17 Jul 2012 04:47:12 UTC | #949379