The Illusion of Beauty

@article{Humphrey1973TheIO,
  title={The Illusion of Beauty},
  author={N. Humphrey},
  journal={Perception},
  year={1973},
  volume={2},
  pages={429 - 439}
}
  • N. Humphrey
  • Published 1973
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Perception
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty" to the poet. But a biologist is bound, I think, to regard beauty—at least man-made beauty—as something closer to a lie. A lie, admittedly, of a unique kind, but a kind to which both men and animals are specially vulnerable. If I give a hungry dog a solution of saccharine it will lap it up; if I show a cock robin a bundle of feathers with a red patch on its underside the robin will attack it; and if I show a man an abstract painting or play him a piece of music he… Expand
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