Abstract and Keywords
For over two millennia philosophical discussions tied aesthetics mainly to art and led to meager insights, if any, into why humans experience aesthetic reactions. Current scientific discussions on the issue, on the other hand, have turned to biology, evolution, and neuroscience. They link aesthetics with beauty in art, faces, scenery, and a variety of other sources. The biology of beauty is now viewed as having roots that extend far into the human ancestry, specifically to animal mate selection strategies. This chapter traces and explains the biological role in the human beauty response and its usefulness in various domains of human interactions.
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