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If "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" what is beauty through your eyes? It can relate to as a mate or anything else your eyes see.

Just want to gauge the opinions of the today's youth vs the youth in older days.

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      Aug 27 2011: What an interesting take on beauty. Our brains are exquisitely sensitive to the golden mean because we percieve it as 'healthy and balanced'. There is a lot of research that confirms that we choose beautiful people as those who typify the golden mean in proportions. I do not think though that we can be slaves to neurological preconditioning. I think true beauty is found in ideas, writings, concepts, dreams. These are more than feelings.
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          Aug 27 2011: That is beautiful and I did oversiimplify in choosing only visual stimuli. Can you comment on my assertion that concepts have beauty too?
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          Aug 29 2011: Thanks Birdia! I choose to enjoy the beauty in both.
          I think that we are more than just our bodies and anyone who has an impaired sense is not doomed to live without beauty.
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          Aug 29 2011: Oh Birdia! My own statements are not contingent on yours. I make my own assertions which do not hinge on yours. Peace is possible if you are not always looking for offense. Peace.
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          Aug 29 2011: As I have said before, I would send the same email to anyone who chose to ridicule any TED member. I do not believe that truth is nasty or that defending someone who is being bullied is nasty. It is a form of promoting social cohesion and to my mind a responsiblity of all TEDsters. Perhaps nasty like beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I will not back down on this.

          As to my thumbs up for you, perhaps I have the abilty to separate the content and its value from any personal agenda. You often say things of value which contribute to the discussion as a whole. I also have the freedom to join any conversation that I choose and I am neither avoiding nor stalking you but your assertion that this is the case demonstrates your belief in your 'specialness'.
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        Aug 29 2011: I think if I may say so, that in general two things are mixed up in the discussion about what we call beauty. On the one hand there is attractiveness and on the other esthetics. And yes both have some overlap but are yet distinctive.Attractiveness is a biological feat. Let's say we can distinct the color red and find it attractive. The reason is, that fruit usually advertise their ripeness in that color and our ancestors searched for it over millions of years. For the taste was its reward. All attractiveness is based on properties that assisted in our survival as a species and for that gave a feeling of joy. This has often to do with a healthy structure or behavior.

        In humans there is a mental part added to this as we started to create art to express a form of perfection to what we enjoy. By cuisine, music, poetry or mathematics, an ideal is transmitted to enjoy and as an example. Women that do their hair and makeup were attractive before but try to become beautiful in the same sense.
        You could call this beauty as being the perfection to attractiveness

        For me the ultimate beauty is to see the whole picture that is to look through the outside and see inside the only one that is in everyone, perfection pure.
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          Aug 29 2011: I wish you wouldn't for it is going nowhere except to illustrate that there is no way to make peace with you. Once offended there is no compromise or reconsiliation. YIKES!
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          Aug 29 2011: YIKES! Yikes! The hope for world peace is somewhat diminished with this sort of tenacity! PEACE!
          PS Boring is a word I never associated with you before. I'm done!
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    Aug 25 2011: Children, love, extending a hand, the wind in the trees, repairing the world, the sound of a mother bird and her chicks...Beauty is something one feels rather than sees.
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    Aug 25 2011: I can't think of anything that isn't beautiful except for what is manmade. Humans can make beautiful things ugly.
    The more you appreciate life the more beauty you see or is it the other way round?
  • Aug 27 2011: As for me, I see two things as "beauty".

    1. If i see people are happy and enjoying in what they are happy about (only good things), i think this scene is beautiful for me. I would love to see more of such scenes.

    2. If i see people working with devotion and love to talk about how they are interested in doing what they love, I feel that is a kind of beauty.

    Thanks for having a chance to share what i think.
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    Aug 26 2011: Well Victoria's Secret models are the beauties that capitalist system want you to value and worship in order to make you work harder to afford them as if they were goods to buy (just like the viking women in roman slave markets). On the other hand the real beauty is the heart that does not choose his/her partner through financial or physical evaluations...
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    Aug 25 2011: The most beautiful things in the world to me are justice, mercy, wisdom and love. I mean that with utter sincerity. Any human being with these qualities, regardless of the physical form that they are enclosed in, is beautiful to me.
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    Aug 24 2011: I am too old to answer that (:>)
    • Aug 24 2011: lol. to me there is no such thing as too old just how you feel.
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        Aug 25 2011: I was discouraged because you stated that you wanted to compare youth's opinions and I am not a youth. But as usual I have something to say.........Beauty is an awesome feeling that strikes your heart whether it is visual or by touch or sound. And btw beauty is it's own excuse for being.
        • Aug 25 2011: Well i feel beauty plays a massive unconscious role in our society today because its been glorified and advertised especially with women. So i was just wondering how strewed the youth perception of beauty today as compared to someone who didn't have laptops and the technologies we have today. Many may laugh it off but its seen everyday that an attractive person is usually given things much easier then an intelligent or different person. I would be one of the youths.
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        Aug 25 2011: Ryan..........Only foolish people hold physical attraction to be the uppermost standard.
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    Aug 24 2011: Beauty is a joke, the more you try to explain it the less appealing it becomes.

    I find beauty to be a visceral attraction.