Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Truth & Beauty: The Puffin

Photo by Derrick Jackson for the Boston Globe
I don't know what is more mind boggling: that the universe can be explained through abstract mathematical formulas or that nature is inherently beautiful. As far as I understand, all of human life, all of civilization, amounts to fantastically complex elaborations on fundamental evolutionary instincts. The question is whether the ability and desire to perceive beauty is a ground level instinct.

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