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The Shivers of Knowledge

Aesthetic chills occur in artistic, scientific and religious context. We introduce a theoretical framework relating them to humans’ vital need for cognition. We discuss the implications of such a framework and the plausibility of our hypothesis. Numerous references to chills … Continue reading

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Why did we Evolve to Appreciate Beauty?

The pleasure we take in beauty must have been shaped by evolution — but what adaptive advantage did it give us? In every culture on Earth, people decorate their possessions and themselves, and enjoy visual art. They stare in awe … Continue reading

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