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Art for evolution's sake

Our desire to create may have helped us survive

From earliest times, humans have displayed a rich and diverse drive for creative expression. From earliest times, humans have displayed a rich and diverse drive for creative expression. (Pierre Andrieu/ AFP/ Getty Images)
By Matthew Battles
April 12, 2009

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For those wary of biological explanations of human behavior, "The Art Instinct" makes for a refreshing read. A philosophy professor in New Zealand and the founder of the respected web site Arts & Letters Daily, Denis Dutton is no reductionist; his view of art would preserve all that is unique, challenging, and revelatory - in a word, human - about our creative and expressive activities. (Full article: 833 words)

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