Survival of the Beautiful
Art, Science, and Evolution
ISBN10: 1608193888 ISBN13: 9781608193882 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA Published: Apr 9 2013 Pages: 311 Weight: 1.10lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 6.25" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
"The peacock's tail," said Charles Darwin, "makes me sick." That's because the theory of evolution as adaptation can't explain why nature is so beautiful. It took the concept of sexual selection for Darwin to explain that, a process that has more to do with aesthetics than with the practical. Survival of the Beautiful is a revolutionary new examination of the interplay of beauty, art, and culture in evolution. Taking inspiration from Darwin's observation that animals have a natural aesthetic sense, philosopher and musician David Rothenberg probes why animals, humans included, have innate appreciation for beauty-and why nature is, indeed, beautiful.