Probing Question: Why are flowers beautiful?

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Perhaps that's because beauty and flowers go hand to hand. A form such a flower cannot be perceptually understood right away but a sustained attention in this case allow us to learn new flowers are beautiful pattern and we like the feeling of learning. First paragraph of Metaphysics, by Aristotle:.

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Because its color and smell attractive. A lot of birds make use of nest materials in courtship rituals so maybe there is a programme for picking up visually salient material because it helps with pair binding. Flowers have always been a symbol of beauty and vitality. Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous. Recognising trees by leaves would be much more reliable, since the leaves are there for longer.

Why do humans perceive flowers as beautiful or attractive?

The main genetic change we see relate to very powerful survival pressures - like very fair skin in Scandinavia allowing survival in very low UV intensity no need for melanin and a need to hydroxylate vitamin D when agriculture progressed to a stage when crops could be grown that far north. I agree with Louis, that our attraction to flowers is likely to be an exaptation - of no usefulness in itself but a sign of a useful attraction to things that show ordered complexity. In addition to its sheer size, a Rafflesia flower announces its presence by its odor—a putrid stench of rotting meat. SR Group of Institutions. I may have misunderstood your reference to re-expression of genetic programmes. For instance, some birds are attracted to moss whereas others are attracted to tree twigs to build the foundation of the nest; Bird species also adorn the nest with aromatic herbs or colourful plumages or flower parts, or even man made substances like colourful wool. Dear Jonathan, A very beautiful book on the topic - partially at least, is the classical book by D. My national flower is hibiscus:

More primitive animals are flower boy pitchfork by food, water, mate, flowers are beautiful and are repulsed by predators and this does not change during their life. As do bees and butterflies: His e-mail is cwd3 psu. Like the peacock's tail this has gone beyond usefulness. We find coloured stones beautiful, and coloured skies. Tinbergen people might ask how and why flowers might be attractive to humans. The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one flowers are beautiful to look around and try to comprehend what we see. And spectral specificity and salience in biological structures would function well as a sign involved in a symbiotic relationship, as for flowers for insects and berries for birds and mammals and so for flowers are beautiful this may just be an exaptational effect - we are drawn to structures that evolved as salient signs for others. Thanks to this co-evolutionary trait that developed between the two species, the bee can efficiently visit many blossoms and pollinate a larger number of plants.

And what is the symbol? Your suggestions for evolution of different flower preferences are interesting Marcel, but I doubt the genetic machinery would support that for humans. Flowers have always been a symbol of beauty and vitality.

So they have attractions not tp immediate target of action but to favorable conditions for desired long term action goals. Like the peacock's tail this has gone beyond usefulness. Look at literature and visual arts. Are Andeans genetically programmed to like bold colours like blue and cerise in their fabrics?

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Is there a human artword that can match the beauty of flowers? A drawing could mean different things, and drawing flowers may be sign flowers are beautiful warm and kind. My national flower is hibiscus:

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