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* Pollan asks if beauty has a purpose.          * He believes there is a co-evolutionary design.          * That which is ...
* Clearly beauty is subjective, yet each culture            seems to have some absolute norms for beauty.          * We ha...
* Look at the following slides. Do these images             conjure up feelings of beauty in you? Why or             why n...
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This powerpoint is based on the chapter called Tulip which also deals with the theme of beauty. I made this into a class exercise in which students look at images and decide their reaction to them: beautiful or not.

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  1. 1. * How Do You Recognize Beauty?Bertolino-Mosaic 852-Pollan 1
  2. 2. * Pollan asks if beauty has a purpose. * He believes there is a co-evolutionary design. * That which is beautiful gains advantage and the one who recognizes the beauty grants the advantage to the item, creature and so forth. * This begs the question: does something have to be beautiful in order to compete successfully according to the rules of natural selection? * Perhaps we need to think about our own relationship to beauty. *Bertolino-Mosaic 852-Pollan 2
  3. 3. * Clearly beauty is subjective, yet each culture seems to have some absolute norms for beauty. * We have celebrities shoved in our faces, told that their beauty is superior to ours, but we also know that it is their job to be beautiful, so they will have advantages to maintain that beauty that others cannot have. * Celebrities have personal trainers, time to work out, make up artists, the best clothes designers, money, personal chefs, massage therapists, access to every beauty fad, personal photographers with special lighting, luxurious furniture, travel to exotic places and, of course, plastic surgeons. * So it is possible we aren’t seeing beauty at all, but the illusion of beauty. * And since we are bombarded with these images, after a while we convince ourselves that beauty is exactly what they seem to be.Bertolino-Mosaic 852-Pollan * 3
  4. 4. * Look at the following slides. Do these images conjure up feelings of beauty in you? Why or why not? * The purpose of this exercise is for you to think about beauty. It may not fit some social norm, but if it works for you, that is all that matters, right? * Is beauty something you decide for yourself or do you unconsciously let others decide for you? *Bertolino-Mosaic 852-Pollan 4
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