Saturday, April 27, 2013

Animals do not create art, humans do

It is entirely in the Darwinian spirit that we respect other animals as the astonishing creations they are, with purposes precisely suited to their lives.
Denis Dutton, 2009.

Although there are animals that show something humans would call artistry, like the ornamented bower of the male bower bird of New Guinea, they do this for a single purpose (attracting a female in this case), but afterwards they “forget” about it—no interest in preservation, a following art fair or the development of an artistic culture.  


Denis Dutton: The Art Instinct. Beauty, Pleasure & Human EvolutionBloomsbury Press, New York, 2009; page 9.

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