Evolutionary Aesthetics / edited by Eckart Voland, Karl Grammer.

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  • 1st ed. 2003.
  • Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer 2003
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  • 3-662-07142-8
  • Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
  • Includes bibliographical references at the end of each chapters and index.
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  • I The Problem -- Darwinian Aesthetics Informs Traditional Aesthetics -- II From Is to Beauty — From Perception to Cognition -- The Beauties and the Beautiful — Some Considerations from the Perspective of Neuronal Aesthetics -- The Role of Evolved Perceptual Biases in Art and Design -- From Sign and Schema to Iconic Representation. Evolutionary Aesthetics of Pictorial Art -- III The Fitness of Beauty — Aesthetics and Adaptation -- Beauty and Sex Appeal: Sexual Selection of Aesthetic Preferences -- Beyond Nature Versus Culture: A Multiple Fitness Analysis of Variations in Grooming -- Aesthetic Preferences in the World of Artifacts — Adaptations for the Evaluation of Honest Signals? -- Handaxes: The First Aesthetic Artefacts -- IV Modular Aesthetics -- Human Habitat Preferences: A Generative Territory for Evolutionary Aesthetics Research -- Bodies in Motion: A Window to the Soul -- Perfumes -- Do Women Have Evolved Adaptation for Extra-Pair Copulation?.
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  • Evolutionary Aesthetics is the attempt to understand the aesthetic judgement of human beings and their spontaneous distinction between "beauty" and "ugliness" as a biologically adapted ability to make important decisions in life. The hypothesis is - both in the area of "natural beauty" and in sexuality, with regard to landscape preferences, but also in the area of "artificial beauty" (i.e. in art and design) - that beauty opens up fitness opportunities, while ugliness holds fitness risks. In this book, this adaptive view of aesthetics is developed theoretically, presented on the basis of numerous examples, and its consequences for evolutionary anthropology are illuminated.

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