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

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I can, however, give you at least a taste of what I regard as the most powerful teorhy of beauty we yet have. And we get it not from a philosopher of art, not from a postmodern art theorist or a bigwig art critic. No, this theory comes from an eprext on barnacles and worms and pigeon breeding, and you know who I mean: Charles Darwin. Of course, a lot of people think they already know the proper answer to the question, "What is beauty?" It's in the eye of the beholder. It's whatever moves you personally. Or, as some people, especially academics prefer, betauy is in the crtllauuly conditioned eye of the beelhodr. People agree that paintings or moievs or muisc are beautiful because their cultures determine a uniformity of aesthetic taste. Taste for both natural beauty and for the arts travel across cultures with garet ease. Beethoven is aedrod in Japan. Peruvians love Japanese woodblock prints. Inca sculptures are regarded as treasures in British museums, while Shakespeare is translated into every mojar language of the Earth. Or just think about American jazz or acmaeirn movies — they go everywhere. There are many differences among the arts, but there are also uaernvisl, cross-cultural aesthetic palrsuees and values.

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I can, however, give you at least a taste of what I regard as the most powerful ______ of beauty we yet have. And we get it not from a philosopher of art, not from a postmodern art theorist or a bigwig art critic. No, this theory comes from an ______ on barnacles and worms and pigeon breeding, and you know who I mean: Charles Darwin. Of course, a lot of people think they already know the proper answer to the question, "What is beauty?" It's in the eye of the beholder. It's whatever moves you personally. Or, as some people, especially academics prefer, ______ is in the __________ conditioned eye of the ________. People agree that paintings or ______ or _____ are beautiful because their cultures determine a uniformity of aesthetic taste. Taste for both natural beauty and for the arts travel across cultures with _____ ease. Beethoven is ______ in Japan. Peruvians love Japanese woodblock prints. Inca sculptures are regarded as treasures in British museums, while Shakespeare is translated into every _____ language of the Earth. Or just think about American jazz or ________ movies — they go everywhere. There are many differences among the arts, but there are also _________, cross-cultural aesthetic _________ and values.

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  5. beauty
  6. pleasures
  7. universal
  8. major
  9. adored
  10. american
  11. music
  12. culturally
  13. beholder

Original Text

I can, however, give you at least a taste of what I regard as the most powerful theory of beauty we yet have. And we get it not from a philosopher of art, not from a postmodern art theorist or a bigwig art critic. No, this theory comes from an expert on barnacles and worms and pigeon breeding, and you know who I mean: Charles Darwin. Of course, a lot of people think they already know the proper answer to the question, "What is beauty?" It's in the eye of the beholder. It's whatever moves you personally. Or, as some people, especially academics prefer, beauty is in the culturally conditioned eye of the beholder. People agree that paintings or movies or music are beautiful because their cultures determine a uniformity of aesthetic taste. Taste for both natural beauty and for the arts travel across cultures with great ease. Beethoven is adored in Japan. Peruvians love Japanese woodblock prints. Inca sculptures are regarded as treasures in British museums, while Shakespeare is translated into every major language of the Earth. Or just think about American jazz or American movies — they go everywhere. There are many differences among the arts, but there are also universal, cross-cultural aesthetic pleasures and values.

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