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The Aesthetic BrainHow We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art$
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Anjan Chatterjee, MD

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811809

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.001.0001

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Art

Art

Biology and Culture

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(p.122) Chapter 2 Art
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The Aesthetic Brain
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Anjan Chatterjee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.003.0018

If art is everywhere and it has always been with us and we so enjoy it, something about it must be vital to our being the way that food and sex are vital to our being. Claiming art’s vitality is but a short step from saying it serves an important adaptive purpose. Surely we must have an instinct for art that is hard-wired in the brain. But the view of art as a biological imperative clashes with the view of art as a cultural artifact.

Keywords:   art, artifact, hard-wired, cultural, brain

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