Q. You can concoct an argument that ANYTHING has a survival benefit.Shades of Dutton...
A. What's the survival benefit of a spider or a human turd? If you break down either of them for their color and form, you'd find the elements that would be considered beauty in some other context. But since spiders and turds have no survival benefit, they don't appear beautiful to the public at large.
Q. What about an ocean? Or a sunset?
A. The ocean is full of food. That one is easy. And if you are an early human living outdoors, sunset and sunrise are probably the best times for hunting and gathering. Midday is too hot. After dark, you're more prey than predator.
Q. Why does a Corvette or a Porsche look more beautiful than an Edsel?
A. Fast cars have more function than slow ones. Most of the beautiful ones are fast. You need speed to catch prey and avoid predators.
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