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Friday, January 23, 2009

Denis Dutton, author of the new book The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution and founder and editor of Arts & Letters Daily, argues that taste in art is more about natural selection than social construction. Plus, a follow up discussion on why Proposition 8 passed.


Denis Dutton

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Art and Evolution

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