The peacock s tail, said Charles Darwin, makes me sick That s because the theory of evolution as adaptation can t explain why nature is so beautiful It took the concept of sexual selection for Darwin to explain that, a process that has to do with aesthetics than with the practical Survival of the Beautiful is a revolutionary new examination of the interplay of beauty, art, and culture in evolution Taking inspiration from Darwin s observation that animals have a natural aesthetic sense, philosopher and musician David Rothenberg probes why animals, humans included, have innate appreciation for beauty and why nature is, indeed, beautiful....
|Title||:||Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science, and Evolution|
|Publisher||:||Bloomsbury Press Reprint edition April 9, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||961 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science, and Evolution Reviews
Was recommended as a good accompaniment to Origin of the Species
Survival of the Beautiful is a tour de force for David Rothenberg. This crucial call to reassess the importance of aesthetics, from evolution through to contemporary art, was inspired by research on two of his previous books, "Why Birds Sing: A Journey Into the Mystery of Birdsong" & "The 1000 Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound". But his influences go further back to his architect father and artist mother, his early work with deep ecologist Arne Naess, and particularly his own love of playing music.
I got this for a university course and it's surprisingly interesting and insightful. I'm not sure if I would recommend it for a casual reader but if you're really interested in the subject then it will hopefully give you another interesting perspective.
THE BOOK IS AN EASY READ AND REALLY BROADENS YOUR SCOPE.
This is only the second time that I downloaded something from the Kindle Store to my iPad. Very disappointed to find that all the photos and graphics are in black and white. Seriously: if you sell this to be read on a color device, could you then not also prepare a color version of the book? Or did I miss something?
Very slow, too much art talk, not enough science. i gave up half way through. Nice idea, but poor execution.
The discussion of bower birds at the beginning of the book was utterly fascinating, and I was looking forward to the rest of it. There is truly much to think about in the book, and I also appreciated the many sketches of bowers, the discussion and pictures of feathers, the many black and white pictures, and the few, but excellent, color photos in the hard-cover edition.
This is definitely one of my all-time favorite books. At this point in my life I'm very interested in learning and reading about all things that delve deep into what is considered beautiful and what beauty truly is and I feel that paying attention to the finer details in nature is where one can behold it most powerfully. I'm more in love with nature now than ever at this point in my life and I love all of the rich information about it's beautiful mysteries held in this book. And I really love all of the quotes from various people, especially those from Wilhelm Bolsche. I'm so glad this book turned me on to him. His writing turns me on!!! Learning about this guy made me feel as if I had discovered treasure too. Not long ago, I watched the David Attenborough program "Life In the Undergrowth" and I was so moved watching the scene that showed a close up of some snails mating. I found that part to be quite erotic and watching it made me desire so powerfully to find a writer who could describe nature in such erotically detailed ways. Well, I found such a writer in this book!! I had quite a good laugh when I read this sentence----"Bolsche reads like an X-rated version of a David Attenborough BBC program." Fine by me!! Although I don't agree with this after reading some of his quotes in this book. I find his writing to be so incredibly meaningful and spiritual, hardly X-rated material.