Hardwired to Seek Beauty

There is a tendency, for example, for all artistic genres to develop in the direction of greater emotional content in time. Music moves from baroque to classic to romantic, with modulations becoming more striking, emotions stronger, orchestras larger. Movies go from merely illustrating stories to becoming more graphically exciting.

These patterns toward increasing violence and emotional content can be put down largely to satiation: the process by which we simply get tired of anything we consume and crave more excitement from it.

Denis Dutton, “We haven’t lost our ancient tastes for artistic entertainment”

[x]#1643 fan donderdag 19 januari 2006 @ 00:39:58

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