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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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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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