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Denis Dutton:
A Darwinian theory of beauty

TED2010 · 15:33 · Filmed Feb 2010
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Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty
15:33 · Filmed February 2010 at TED2010 · Subtitles available in 34 languages

TED collaborates with animator Andrew Park to illustrate Denis Dutton's provocative theory on beauty — that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of the beholder," are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins.

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Denis Dutton was a philosophy professor and the editor of Arts & Letters Daily. In his book The Art Instinct, he suggested that humans are hard-wired to seek beauty. Full bio
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