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The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Author Convincingly Attributes Art Appreciation to Evolution

While few question artistic talent itself being inherent, this author takes us back to our evolutionary beginnings leaving little doubt about our strong attraction to both works of art and to those who produce them.
My early environment (Veterinarian's daughter)prepare...
While few question artistic talent itself being inherent, this author takes us back to our evolutionary beginnings leaving little doubt about our strong attraction to both works of art and to those who produce them.
My early environment (Veterinarian's daughter)prepared me to accept this with ease and delight but Denis Dutton has done such fine work, through his research, which I'm sure would prevent any reasonable reader from rejecting it.

posted by 1169401 on March 30, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

This is a text book masquerading as a paper back.

The Art Instinct ? I am up to page 140 and I have yet to read anything about man's instinct to be drawn to art. I have gone through Darwin, the Paleolithic Age, and like Alice in Wonderland I don't know what the heck is going on.
The first chapter was interesting. ...
The Art Instinct ? I am up to page 140 and I have yet to read anything about man's instinct to be drawn to art. I have gone through Darwin, the Paleolithic Age, and like Alice in Wonderland I don't know what the heck is going on.
The first chapter was interesting. It was about 2 Russians who got a U.S. Government grant - so that's where the money is going ? - to figure out what is everyones ideal of the perfect landscape painting. I know it sounds like something Obama would finance and that's probably why we're going broke - but the answer was intersting, if only because I deal in paintings. The rest of the book is a slog up through primordial mud to 'civilization.' I hope the book improooves from here on in, because I've had it with references to Homer and classic story-telling and chit-chat about hunter-gatherers. If it wasn't for my Parochial education I would have thrown the book out the window by now. Thank you Sr. Mary Dominic.

posted by SirJoshua on March 20, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

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    Author Convincingly Attributes Art Appreciation to Evolution

    While few question artistic talent itself being inherent, this author takes us back to our evolutionary beginnings leaving little doubt about our strong attraction to both works of art and to those who produce them.
    My early environment (Veterinarian's daughter)prepared me to accept this with ease and delight but Denis Dutton has done such fine work, through his research, which I'm sure would prevent any reasonable reader from rejecting it.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    This is a text book masquerading as a paper back.

    The Art Instinct ? I am up to page 140 and I have yet to read anything about man's instinct to be drawn to art. I have gone through Darwin, the Paleolithic Age, and like Alice in Wonderland I don't know what the heck is going on.
    The first chapter was interesting. It was about 2 Russians who got a U.S. Government grant - so that's where the money is going ? - to figure out what is everyones ideal of the perfect landscape painting. I know it sounds like something Obama would finance and that's probably why we're going broke - but the answer was intersting, if only because I deal in paintings. The rest of the book is a slog up through primordial mud to 'civilization.' I hope the book improooves from here on in, because I've had it with references to Homer and classic story-telling and chit-chat about hunter-gatherers. If it wasn't for my Parochial education I would have thrown the book out the window by now. Thank you Sr. Mary Dominic.

    4 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Nook edition missing letters and words

    It's hard to read a book when you have to guess the words and phrases where they obviously are missing.

    Don't buy this.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Disappointing

    Disappointing for its superficiality and weak quality of thought, The Art Instinct nevertheless deals with a very important subject and should pique interest.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Editing needed!!

    This is a chore to read because the manuscript never was edited. Too many errors to be able to read smoothly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Unreadable

    There are over a dozen typos and deleted words in just the first few pages of the sample. Seems like an interesting book, but avoid the Nook version at all costs.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    I agree with a previous review: "There are entire words and

    I agree with a previous review: "There are entire words and phrases that are missing throughout. This makes for a very frustrating reading experience." Frustrating indeed! This book is boring and impossible to read. Even if the missing words and phrases were there, I think the book is poorly written. I'm glad I didn't pay more than $5.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Missing words!

    B&N - Please hire someone to proofread the NOOK version. There are entire words and phrases that are missing throughout. This makes for a very frustrating reading experience.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Review

    This book needs some major editing. Is art nature or nurture? I don't know and having to read every sentence 3-4 times to figure out what the author meant is not helping. Along with missing words to make a sentence have meaning, spelling appears to also be an issue (example: perperformance-this is used more than once-it's not in any dictionary and performance makes sense in the context).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Read The Promise by Christina Reklaitis :)

    Trust me :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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