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Mating and Art

Geoffrey Miller in The Mating Mind: “Sexually mature males have produced almost all of the publicly displayed art throughout history. Males produce about an order of magnitude more art, music and literature…than women, and they produce it mostly in young adulthood. This suggests that…the production of art, music and literature functions primarily as a courtship display.”

I’ve been reading this book on evolution and sociobiology for some time. Lots of provocative statements.

Miller, if you may remember, wrote the amazing essay for the Edge about Videogames and Outerspace.

Gosh, I have no idea which category to choose for this post.

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  • Alberto Balengo 12/16/2006, 2:47 pm

    Why this obsession with creating categories for everything? Whenever I try to put things in categories, I find that I end up putting about 30-40% in a nebulous category I call “OTHER.” Eventually maybe all the contents of the world belongs in that catchall category.

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