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The Evolution Of Beauty

Autor: Richard O. Prum
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385537220
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A FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, SMITHSONIAN, AND WALL STREET JOURNAL A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences—what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful"—create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world. In the great halls of science, dogma holds that Darwin's theory of natural selection explains every branch on the tree of life: which species thrive, which wither away to extinction, and what features each evolves. But can adaptation by natural selection really account for everything we see in nature? Yale University ornithologist Richard Prum—reviving Darwin's own views—thinks not. Deep in tropical jungles around the world are birds with a dizzying array of appearances and mating displays: Club-winged Manakins who sing with their wings, Great Argus Pheasants who dazzle prospective mates with a four-foot-wide cone of feathers covered in golden 3D spheres, Red-capped Manakins who moonwalk. In thirty years of fieldwork, Prum has seen numerous display traits that seem disconnected from, if not outright contrary to, selection for individual survival. To explain this, he dusts off Darwin's long-neglected theory of sexual selection in which the act of choosing a mate for purely aesthetic reasons—for the mere pleasure of it—is an independent engine of evolutionary change. Mate choice can drive ornamental traits from the constraints of adaptive evolution, allowing them to grow ever more elaborate. It also sets the stakes for sexual conflict, in which the sexual autonomy of the female evolves in response to male sexual control. Most crucially, this framework provides important insights into the evolution of human sexuality, particularly the ways in which female preferences have changed male bodies, and even maleness itself, through evolutionary time. The Evolution of Beauty presents a unique scientific vision for how nature's splendor contributes to a more complete understanding of evolution and of ourselves.

Phylogensesis Of Beauty

Autor: Pietro Gaietto
ISBN: 1291842950
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Phylogenesis of beauty by Pietro Gaietto is a scientific treatise on the origins and general evolutionary outcome of beauty, from the beginning of the world to the present. Beauty has never before been the object of scientific study, nor has its evolution. Gaietto has integrated human products, including art, into the general evolution of beauty in nature, noting that man's object follow the same rules of evolutionary transformation found in organic and inorganic physical forms. Gaietto's hypothesis on the transformation of beauty concerns all the kingdoms of nature as they have appeared in chronological order from the earliest geological ages, and as discovered by geologists, paleontologists, and paletnologists. The book's scientific analysis of beauty in human artifacts excludes questions of quality, even if they exist, as well as the idea of ugliness, because man intentionally produces only beautiful things.

The Evolution Of Love

Autor: Ada Lampert
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275959074
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Lampert presents the story of love: when, why, and how love became a central experience of humans. She sheds new insights as to who we fall in love with, why our sexual life is so full of contradictions, and from where the behavioral repertoire of lovers came. Based upon the most current scientific information, this book is written for every educated person.

Aesthetic Conflict And The Evolution Of A Riot

Autor: B. Marie Brady-Whitcanack Ph. D.
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 145673556X
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The text is a hermeneutic and field theory analysis of events that occurred during the first of two doctoral degree programs at a major state university. The study considers challenges to traditional curriculum in higher education and possible links to conflicts occurring at some major university campuses.

A Taste For The Beautiful

Autor: Michael Ryan
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691191395
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From one of the world’s leading authorities on animal behavior, the astonishing story of how the brain drives the evolution of beauty in animals and humans In A Taste for the Beautiful, Michael Ryan, one of the world’s leading authorities on animal behavior, tells the remarkable story of how he and other scientists have taken up where Darwin left off, transforming our understanding of sexual selection and shedding new light on animal and human behavior. Drawing on cutting-edge science, Ryan explores key questions: Why do animals perceive certain traits as beautiful and others not? Do animals have an inherent sexual aesthetic and, if so, where is it rooted? Ryan argues that the answers lie in the brain—particularly of females, who act as biological puppeteers, spurring the development of beautiful traits in males. Vividly written and filled with fascinating stories, A Taste for the Beautiful will change how you think about beauty and attraction in the animal world and beyond.

The Evolution Of Beauty And The Beast

Autor: Mary Bisbee
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Stories, like living organisms, adapt in order to survive and be reproduced. Taking a socio-historical perspective and drawing on memetics, feminism, and textual analysis, this thesis studies ten literary and cinematic versions of the "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tale from the eighteenth to the twentieth century in order to expose the nature of the relationship between literature and culture.

Bobbi Brown Beauty Evolution

Autor: Bobbi Brown
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060088818
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Bobbi Brown, renowned beauty authority and author of two New York Times bestsellers, follows up with her most important book to date, Bobbi Brown Beauty Evolution. A celebration of beauty across the generations, this positive-outlook guide for women of all ages reflects, as Bobbi says, "What happens to us as we make our way through life, and how we can continue making ourselves better." In Bobbi Brown Beauty Evolution, Bobbi shares her candid views of her own beauty odyssey, as well as her formidable makeup expertise, to help women feel good about themselves at every age. Readers from their twenties to their seventies and beyond will experience a new appreciation of themselves through Bobbi's enriching book, and ultimately, even embrace -- yes, embrace -- the aging process. In the engaging, down-to-earth style that's pure Bobbi, she addresses the need-to-know issues we all face at one time or another -- from how to deal with changes in skin to what adjustments in makeup application are really necessary (and appropriate) as we age and everything in between. With more than 300 photographs specially commissioned for this book, Bobbi Brown Beauty Evolution includes the personal, heartfelt thoughts of real women from all walks of life -- all ages (from 20 to 101!), shapes, sizes, and ethnicities -- reflecting on what beauty means to them. Their words serve to underscore Bobbi's message that true beauty isn't something you're blessed with -- "it comes from having confidence and feeling good about who you are."

Evolutionary Aesthetics

Autor: Eckart Voland
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783540436706
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An attempt to understand the aesthetic judgment of human beings and their spontaneous distinction between "beauty" and "ugliness" as a biologically adapted ability to make important decisions in life - that beauty opens up fitness opportunities, while ugliness holds fitness risks.

The Visual Mind Ii

Autor: Michele Emmer
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262050760
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Essays on mathematics and art as visual expression.