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The Aesthetic Brain takes readers on an exciting journey through the world of beauty, pleasure, and art Using the latest advances in neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, Anjan Chatterjee investigates how an aesthetic sense is etched into our minds, and explains why artistic concerns feature centrally in our lives Along the way, Chatterjee addresses such fundamental questions as What is beauty Is it universal How is beauty related to pleasure What is art Should art be beautiful Do we have an instinct for art Early on, Chatterjee probes the reasons why we find people, places, and even numbers beautiful, highlighting the important relationship between beauty and pleasure Examining our pleasures allows him to reveal why we enjoy things like food, sex, and money, and how these rewards relate to our aesthetic encounters Chatterjee s detailed discussion of beauty and pleasure equips readers to confront essential questions about the nature of art, the problems of defining it, and the challenges of interpreting its modern, non traditional forms Replete with facts, anecdotes, and analogies, this lively empirical guide to aesthetics offers scientific answers to fundamental questions without deflating the intrinsic wonders of beauty and art in an affordable paperback edition....

Title : The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art
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ISBN : 019026201X
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Oxford University Press Reprint edition September 1, 2015
Number of Pages : 248 pages
File Size : 565 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art Reviews

  • David Kemmerer
    2019-05-26 17:04

    Great book! Focusing on three overarching questions--What is beauty? What is pleasure? What is art?—Chatterjee guides the reader across a wide range of topics, including the perception of faces, bodies, and landscapes; the enjoyment of food, sex, and money; and the analysis of both ancient and modern art. These domains appear to be quite diverse, but Chatterjee deftly shows how they are all interrelated, and he does so by drawing extensively on recent advances in not only evolutionary biology and psychology, but also cognitive neuroscience. He never goes overboard with these forays into the scientific literature, however; on the contrary, he always keeps the discussion at a level that is very accessible to nonspecialists and often highly entertaining. Moreover, I appreciated the fact that all of the chapters were pretty short and tight, since this enabled me to read the book very gradually over the course of about 6 weeks, while still feeling like I was sufficiently rewarded by each 15-minute dip into its contents. I would have liked more consideration of the musical and verbal arts, but Chatterjee’s treatment of the visual arts turned out to be so brilliant that I ultimately came away from the book very satisfied. Neuroaesthetics is a new field of study that is slowly gaining momentum, and I strongly recommend this book as an introduction to some of the deep issues that are being explored.

  • Richard Salinas
    2019-05-20 08:43

    Probably the best book on aesthetics that I've read. Less philosophizing and more direct on facts, I found this to be a very good book to organize my own thoughts on what art is and flush a lot of the typical aesthetic mumbo jumbo away. By no means does this book reduce art to a sterile reductionist state, in my mind, it merely provides order.

  • J. Farrell
    2019-05-24 10:50

    Core ideas, not really searching, but informative.

  • wendy j.
    2019-05-09 15:43

    extremely enlightening!

  • Beth Megill
    2019-04-26 16:44

    I was looking for a book about the nature of beauty and aesthetics and this was perfect! As an artist it was informative and as a human hugely eye opening. It is written well with a nice balance of theory and practical examples. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Anders Nilsson
    2019-05-23 10:41

    Anjan Chatterjee has a talent to write about complicated, scientific matters in a way which is not only perfectly comprehensible but also catchy and amusing for non-scientific readers. Actually, this book brings you great insights in the way our brain works. What I particulary like is "the Humanities approach" to this natural science subject, as the themes of the book are how the brain functions with beauty, pleasure and art. I can recommend it to everyone with an interest of arts subjects or humanism, as it gives new perspectives into these fields.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-05-09 15:56

    Thoughtful, interesting, informative, well written - if you want to learn about aesthetics from the perspective of the neurosciences, this is terrific.

  • Laura M. Nebel
    2019-05-24 11:59

    The author's conversational style makes this book a great one for the non-science reader.