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14 January, 2007

Do we have a ‘spiritual’ aspect to our natures, or are we just like any other mammals?

When people talk about human beings’ ‘spiritual’ side, they often assert that our capacity to perceive and enjoy beauty – in nature, in art – is somehow a proof that we have an innate ‘spititual’ sense, that this is somehow a reflection of our connection with a supernatural world.

But need this be so? Is it not just as likely that we have evolved in such a way that we can appreciate certain sights, and these we call beautiful?

Maybe there’s a certain evolutionary advantage in being able to sense what we call beauty?

Maybe it doesn’t imply any spiritual nature at all: we can appreciate beauty just as we can appeciate tasty food?

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