Beauty

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The bare and mere existence of the Tegmarkian mathematical structure associated with colors, geometry,  topology, complexity or symmetries of a beautiful thing might represent an apparently probabilistic specific  by-product of some objective pointer states (quantum Darwinism), but ‘the meme of beauty’-the tip of the iceberg  can emerge only in the presence of the required plugin in the beholder’s eye, a product of billion years’ natural selection (genetic Darwinism)!

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“A step lower and strangeness creeps in……. At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman, and these hills, the softness of the sky, the outline of these trees at this very minute lose the illusory meaning with which we had clothed them, henceforth more remote than a lost paradise. The primitive hostility of the world rises up to face us across millenia.”
-Albert Camus

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“Man cannot do without beauty, and this is what our era pretends to want to disregard”.

-Albert Camus

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Though life is a “victimized product” of evolution, life has found many abstract ( truth-beauty-goodness or liberty-equality-fraternity ) and physical (fire, wheel, electricity) tools to yoke evolution. Such tools are naturally selected since they serve as both individually passionate recreations and evolutionarily indifferent variations.
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Feelings are biochemical algorithms honed through millions of years of evolution to quickly calculate probabilities of survival and reproduction.
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Feelings of sexual attraction arise when other biochemical algorithms calculate that a nearby individual offers a high probability of successful mating, social bonding, or some other coveted goal.
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Moral feelings such as outrage, guilt or forgiveness derive from neural mechanisms that evolved to enable group cooperation.
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Feelings are originally evolutionary rationality.
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Our feeling was the best method in the universe for deciding what to study, who to marry, and which party to vote for. Soon computer algorithms could give you better counsel than human feelings.
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The most important medical decisions rely on the calculations of computers which understand our bodies much better than we do.
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The world might not be a playground of autonomous individuals struggling to make the right choices.
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The universe is a flow of data.
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Organisms are little more than biochemical algorithms.
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Humanity’s cosmic vocation is to create an all-encompassing data-processing system – and then merge into it.
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We are tiny chips inside a giant data-processing system absorbing and processing countless data bits through emails, tweets and articles.
Chips don’t have time to find out where they fit into the great scheme of things, because they are too busy answering all these emails.
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“We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Symmetry is similarity or changelessness along space or time.

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Momentum conservation is the spatial symmetry and energy conservation is the temporal symmetry.
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Beauty (i.e. a symmetrical pattern) might objectively originate from symmetric anatomy of reality.Even Zurek’s ‘fundamentally spawned but environmentally selected’ pointer states might take on a sort of objective beauty. Unlike worms, human-survival demanded an optical pattern-recognition circuitry enabling us to enjoy patterns ( i.e. beauty).
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Natural selection utilizes and strengthens subjective aspects of ‘beauty’ to attract opposite sexes directly (peacock’s tail, large boobs) or indirectly(flowers) to give the suitor a better shot at mating and passing on his genes.
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Bees see many eyecatching colours and patterns invisible to us.
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A male flame bowerbird not only builds a bower like structure but also decorate it with colorful objects, flowers, berries, snail shells , bottle caps, etc. The bird’s courtship — the costumes, dance and sculpture blends many different art forms to stimulate all the senses of female bowerbird who copulates with him for just two or three seconds.

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Darwin’s natural selection allows only the fittest to exist. But fitness has two components -survival and mating. An individual should both survive and mate to get their genes into the next generation.

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Darwin’s natural selection might allow a maladaptive organ like the peacock’s tail for reproductive success.

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Fitness has two components -survival and mating. An individual should both survive and mate to get their genes into the next generation.

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According to ornithologist Richard Prum, sexual selection might neglect survival just to keep mates pleasing to each other. Local and instant demands can beat future and global demands.
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Peahen’s mere personal whim influences evolution to increase the beauty of peacock’s tail. We can control our whims to secure a future of our choice.
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“The sight of a feather in a peacock’s tail, whenever I gaze at it, makes me sick!” – Charles Darwin
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According to Yale ornithologist Richard O. Prum, objective beauty directs evolution.

…………………………………………Though life is a “victimized product” of evolution, life has found many abstract ( truth, beauty or goodness ) and physical (fire, wheel, electricity) tools to yoke evolution.
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The more beautiful male organisms are, the more healthy genes they carry.
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A beautiful outward appearance means the less risk of catching sexually transmitted viruses, more efficient metabolic process, or immune function.
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“It was interesting how beauty was evolved not for any specific gene trait, gene strength, or gene population but rather the strength of female choosing what was beautiful was perpetrated to this evolutional beauty.”
Richard O. Prum
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Truth, goodness and beauty might not be subjective. They often objectively transform our lives.

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Truth, goodness and beauty are the foundations on which a life worth living is built.

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“A Thing Of Beauty Is a Joy For Ever.”
Keats

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Natural selection can’t explain animal consciousness and nuances of a sultry desire.

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Perhaps displays work because organisms appreciate beauty objectively for its own sake.
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“Life is a toy without any instructions on it. We are destined to wonder how to play with it.”
NKG
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An animal’s fat throughout its body functions as energy storage and insulation from cold.
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A desert-dwelling camel accumulates fat in a single place ( hump) to avoid overheating.
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Women’s breasts initially functioned like camel’s humps. Later, men’s eyes discovered (or ascribed) objective ( due to symmetry? ) beauty in alluring mounds of fat.
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