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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

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Thread: What is Beauty?

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    Default What is Beauty?

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    I think beauty is an ideal.
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    what is this, aesthetics 101? You goons need to stop bringing your community college courses to the boards!

    but yeah, beauty is subjective whatever the hell it is. I think i'll go with the notion that it's an internal percept, the aim of which has no proper name, title or category. I've got a big poster of a mushroom cloud above my bed because it's so frigthening and awesome that it's beautiful to me.

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    I had voted "an Ideal" because it seemed the best of the limited options.
    Beauty does not have to conform to an already defined ideal, rather it is possible for elements to purposefully or accidentally come together in a way that can be sensed as "beautiful" seen in context?

    Aesthetic sense can be developed and refined to a degree where one can find beauty almost constantly...though this seems a bit self-indulgent and impractical.
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    I should warn you all that I'm more interested in hearing your reactions to the question than actually forming a definition or concept of beauty.

    Beauty, to me, is a feeling. It is an indescribable combination of emotions that one experiences when encountering something both unique and appealing.

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    To me, beauty is an ideal. Though what I consider beautiful may not be perfect. It might be perfect in its imperfections, or the imperfections themselves enhance the ideal. Beauty may be an object or person appreciated by many or just one. It truly is subjective. I think for me, it's always an aspiration, though not in the shallowest sense of the word. I see beauty and want to somehow become it, if that makes sense. I don't mean "work out a whole lot" or "get Botox," just become the type of thing that inspires, maybe.

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    its slightly ugly girls and honest emotions
    so its not an ideal

    everything you can feel, but can't touch
    image? nah

    so its an unintelligible feeling when everything is what you needed, and all you ever wanted
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    If I hear beauty in a song,

    - is it because the song is universally beautiful?
    - is it because the song evokes a response that I associate with a prior experience?
    - is it because the song is close to perfection?
    - does it defy qualification?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhinosaur View Post
    Beauty, to me, is a feeling. It is an indescribable combination of emotions that one experiences when encountering something both unique and appealing.
    I answered incomprehensible, but that's a better way of putting it than anything I could say. I know I've encountered something beautiful when I feel all weird inside.

    See? Much better than anything I could say.
    No offense.

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    In my experience, that which is beautiful compels surrender of my self in its contemplation. In that sense, I think beauty is a spiritual experience. I did not choose a poll option.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hirsch63 View Post
    Aesthetic sense can be developed and refined to a degree where one can find beauty almost constantly.
    Forgive me quoting you out of context, but this spoke to my values.


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