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~FREE BOOK ⚖ The Artful Species: Aesthetics, Art, and Evolution ⚒ The Artful Species explores the idea that our aesthetic responses and art behaviors are connected to our evolved human nature Our humanoid forerunners displayed aesthetic sensibilities hundreds of thousands of years ago and the art standing of prehistoric cave paintings is virtually uncontested In Part One, Stephen Davies analyses the key concepts of the aesthetic, art, and evolution, and explores how they might be related He considers a range of issues, including the consideration of whether animals have aesthetic tastes and whether art is not only universal but cross culturally comprehensible Part Two examines the many aesthetic interests humans take in animals and how these reflect our biological interests, and the idea that our environmental and landscape preferences are rooted in the experiences of our distant ancestors In considering the controversial subject of human beauty, evolutionary psychologists have traditionally focused on female physical attractiveness in the context of mate selection, but Davies presents a broader view which decouples human beauty from mate choice and explains why it goes with social performance and self presentation Part Three asks if the arts, together or singly, are biological adaptations, incidental byproducts of nonart adaptations, or so removed from biology that they rate as purely cultural technologies Davies does not conclusively support any one of the many positions considered here, but argues that there are grounds, nevertheless, for seeing art as part of human nature Art serves as a powerful and complex signal of human fitness, and so cannot be incidental to biology Indeed, aesthetic responses and art behaviors are the touchstones of our humanity Readers narrowly intent on finding a head on approach to the controversies over art and biological evolution may find The Artful Species disappointing or frustrating it is not provocatively interesting Rather, it is only an extremely even handed survey of notable bio adaptive theories of art, which isor less preceded by a thorough if minimal introduction to the general subject of art, aesthetics, and biological evolution Davies wants to find that some bio adaptive theory of art to be Readers narrowly intent on finding a head on approach to the controversies over art and biological evolution may find The Artful Species disappointing or frustrating it is not provocatively interesting Rather, it is only an extremely even handed survey of notable bio adaptive theories of art, which isor less preceded by a thorough if minimal introduction to the general subject of art, aesthetics, and biological evolution Davies wants to find that some bio adaptive theory of art to be uncontroversial But, he finds that none of the theories he surveys to be exempt from what he considers to be reasonable criticisms.This book is typical Davies fair, in that it is a impeccably philosophically modest in regard to the logic and science of the subject discussed and b thorough within those modest bounds.So, for those readers who, like me, so readily are bent on extreme philosophical adventure, this book is not inspirational or visionary But, it is written with great kindness and humility, if quietly un colorful academic reserve and prosaic mellowness.My own best objective estimation of the book is high, but not highest, due to my philosophical differences with the scientific orthodoxy to which Davies is committed For details of how I read Davies book in regard to those commitments, see my much longer review of the book on.com under the reviewer name Subcatagorhyming