Daniel Almeida Posted over 1 year ago Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty Daniel, Brian, Mendel His argument on humanity finding evolutionary landscapes beautiful can easily be countered with examples of landscapes that are inhospitable, extreme and hostile such as showy mountains, the Atacama desert, the Grand Canyon, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Patagonian Glaciers. Take the following example: http://www.wallcg.com/images/2013/03/winter-landscape-full-hd-free-high-definition.jpg Clearly, a majority of the human population would see this painting as visually appealing, even given its inhospitable nature. As a society, as we become more able to adapt to these areas (by wearing protective clothing for example) our perception of evolutionary desirable landscapes change. Beauty can also be based on color, lighting, symmetry, all elements that have no weigh in the evolution of the human race. As such, landscape beauty is not necessarily based on evolutionarily desirable qualities.