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Beauty (2)

24 January, 2007

I think Richard Dawkins has a point here:

Interviewer: Where does beauty come from?

Richard Dawkins: Well, I think that beauty ultimately has to come from the way the brain is set up. The brain is a devastatingly complicated mechanism. We’re only just beginning to understand how it works. And our response to certain things as ‘beautiful’ must be explicable ultimately in those terms. I hesitate to say that, because some people think that in some way that demeans it, which of course it doesn’t. When I am moved to tears, as I can be by the slow movement of a Schubert quartet, it is not in any sense to demean that experience, to say that there is nothing going on than activity in my neurones.”

(taken from Belief)

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