Friday, 27 July 2012

Why Does Music and Art Exist ?

The story of the evolution of aesthetics makes interested reading, why for example does music or visual art exists at all ?   How important were aesthetics in human evolution and later in human societies ?    The following article offers some interesting insights into these questions.
"One of the great mysteries of art is why it exists. Although our desire to create and enjoy art is so widespread that it appears as natural as eating or reproducing -– nearly every culture draws, dances, sings, recites poetry and tells stories -– the origins of human aesthetics are not clear-cut. What’s peculiar is that from a biological point of view art appears to serve no adaptive advantages whatsoever."  More

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