Sexuality, Curiosity, Fear, and the Arts: Biology of Aesthetics
One of the most intriguing questions in the humanities revolves around the basis for our enjoyment of music, painting, and the other arts. This book helps to clarify this issue by exposing the biological components pertinent to the enjoyment of the arts. It discusses the anatomy of human emotion and the inherited psychological mechanisms that underlie our reaction to the arts thereby setting a foundation for understanding aesthetics.
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Basic Psychological Mechanisms
A Definition of Aesthetics
The Beautiful the Sublime and the Ugly
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