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From the Ted Talk by Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty

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How can we explian this universality? The best answer lies in trying to reconstruct a Darwinian evolutionary hotisry of our artistic and aesthetic tastes. We need to reverse-engineer our present artistic tastes and preferences and explain how they came to be engraved in our minds by the actions of both our preothirsic, largely peciteolnse environments, where we became fully human, but also by the social stitiouans in which we evolved. This reverse engineering can also enlist help from the human record pversered in prehistory. I mean fossils, cave ptnaiings and so forth. And it should take into account what we know of the aesthetic interests of isolated hunter-gatherer bands that survived into the 19th and the 20th centuries.

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How can we _______ this universality? The best answer lies in trying to reconstruct a Darwinian evolutionary _______ of our artistic and aesthetic tastes. We need to reverse-engineer our present artistic tastes and preferences and explain how they came to be engraved in our minds by the actions of both our ___________, largely ___________ environments, where we became fully human, but also by the social __________ in which we evolved. This reverse engineering can also enlist help from the human record _________ in prehistory. I mean fossils, cave _________ and so forth. And it should take into account what we know of the aesthetic interests of isolated hunter-gatherer bands that survived into the 19th and the 20th centuries.

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  1. history
  2. explain
  3. paintings
  4. pleistocene
  5. prehistoric
  6. situations
  7. preserved

Original Text

How can we explain this universality? The best answer lies in trying to reconstruct a Darwinian evolutionary history of our artistic and aesthetic tastes. We need to reverse-engineer our present artistic tastes and preferences and explain how they came to be engraved in our minds by the actions of both our prehistoric, largely pleistocene environments, where we became fully human, but also by the social situations in which we evolved. This reverse engineering can also enlist help from the human record preserved in prehistory. I mean fossils, cave paintings and so forth. And it should take into account what we know of the aesthetic interests of isolated hunter-gatherer bands that survived into the 19th and the 20th centuries.

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