Survival of the Beautiful

Survival of the Beautiful

Art, Science, and Evolution

eBook - 2012
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A brilliant investigation of why nature is beautiful and how art has influenced science, sure to stimulate readers of The Art Instinct.
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury, c2012
ISBN: 9781408828885
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource :,ill
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Art, science, and evolution


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Jun 12, 2012

I can't believe I read the whole thing! The book contains some interesting facts. That prompted me to try and get through it, although I almost gave up several times. Some of the research Rothenberg includes on the commonalities of human visual perception and preferences intrigued me. Yet, the flaws in his thesis became increasingly apparent, and, ultimately reading Survival of the Beautiful was a frustrating and unsatisfactory experience. Like a number of my students, this author seems to confuse gathering compelling tidbits of information with acquiring knowledge. What's missing here is rigorous inquiry and critical thinking. At no point, for instance, does Rothenberg problematize the terms "art" or "beautiful". More flaky than scholarly and riddled with pompous (unexamined) pronouncements, avoid.

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