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  • Beauty is a feeling

    16 33.33%
  • Beauty is an image

    2 4.17%
  • Beauty is an ideal

    17 35.42%
  • Beauty is incomprehensible

    13 27.08%
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Thread: What is Beauty?

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    I'd guess it's both a concept and an emotion (I voted a feeling). I haven't actually studied beauty yet though, so I'm not sure which parts of the brain it originates from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhinosaur View Post
    If I hear beauty in a song,

    - is it because the song is universally beautiful?
    No.

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    - is it because the song evokes a response that I associate with a prior experience?
    Probably, but this isn't necessary.

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    - is it because the song is close to perfection?
    Close to what you perceive to be perfection, at least. But our perceptions can be wrong, and they often are.

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    - does it defy qualification?
    No.

    I voted that beauty is an ideal, btw.

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    I voted that it's incomprehensible. I'm pretty sure that if I were to define it as an ideal I would fumble at describing just what sort of an ideal is it, so there.

    This thread reminded me to buy Umberto Eco's latest extended essays, "On Beauty" and "On Ugliness", on which I've had my eye for some time now... it attempts to answer the same question.
    Not really.

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    I voted that it is an image, because while I didn't like any of the choices that is the closest one. Beauty is observing something that is incredibly pleasing to behold. It can be an image, a song, a person's character, or whatever. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but at the same time there are various things that many agree are beautiful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owl View Post
    Close to what you perceive to be perfection, at least. But our perceptions can be wrong, and they often are.
    Can perfection exist outside of our perceptions?

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    Beauty is toonia.

    That option needs to be added to the choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhinosaur View Post
    Can perfection exist outside of our perceptions?
    I can't imagine perfection could ever reside within our perception.

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    Beauty is a sense of harmony, be it sensual or conceptual. Like pornography, we know it when we perceive it.

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    I voted feeling.

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    I know I've encountered something beautiful when I feel all weird inside.
    Same here. I voted incomprehensible.

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