Culture makes us more likely to survive
Denis Dutton, a New Zealand philosopher, suggests that we have an 'art instinct', just like Steven Pinker has argued that we have an instinct for the development for language. His book, The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution, proposes that our desire for beauty has an evolutionary explanation, a product of our struggle to survive and reproduce. Apparently, art is one of the few things (along with language, religion, and social structures) found in all human cultures the world over.
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