Survival of the Beautiful

Survival of the Beautiful

Art, Science, and Evolution

eBook - 2012
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Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury, c2012.
ISBN: 9781408828885
Characteristics: 1 online resource : ill.
Alternative Title: Art, science, and evolution
Contents: Come up and see my bower
Only the most fascinating survive
It could be anything : male and female animals in their art worlds
Pollock In the forest : abstraction as measure of the real
Hiding ingenuity, or Think like a squid : camouflage between art and nature
Creative experiments : when science learns from art
The human, the elephant, and art out of relationship
The brain In the cave : art at the edge of human certainty
One culture of beauty, between art and science.


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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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