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Origin's of Nature's Beauty
by Skutch, A.F.

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A lifetime's keen observation of the physical world has led Alexander Skutch to ask deeply philosophical questions about the nature of "nature." In this thought-provoking study, he turns his attention to the problem of how "quality"--beauty, goodness, morality--has arisen in a process of evolution that appears to favor sheer "quantity." Skutch draws his examples from the natural wonders he knows best--birds, butterflies, and flowers. He shows how each uses beauty to attract mates or pollinators and repel or hide from predators--all instances where quality serves the goal of increasing the quantity of a species. More than this, Skutch offers intriguing evidence that animals may possess an aesthetic sense and consciously choose beautiful objects, just as humans do. These views, running counter to prevailing mechanistic explanations of natural processes, offer food for thought to both specialists and the general public. It is Skutch's deeply held conviction that naturalists should try to discover and make widely known whatever is "fair and heartening" in nature, in contrast to the apparent randomness and violence of Darwinian natural selection.

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Origins of Nature's Beauty: Essays By Alexander F. Skutch (Corrie Herring Hooks Series)Origins of Nature's Beauty: Essays By Alexander F. Skutch (Corrie Herring Hooks Series) (Hardcover)
Pub. Date: 1992-09-01
Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr
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Origins of Nature's Beauty: Essays By Alexander F. Skutch (Corrie Herring Hooks Series)Origins of Nature's Beauty: Essays By Alexander F. Skutch (Corrie Herring Hooks Series) (Hard cover)
Pub. Date: 1992
Publisher: University of Texas Press
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    Pub. Date: 1992
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    Origin's of Nature's Beauty (Hard cover)
    Pub. Date: 1992
    Publisher: University of Texas Press
    Description: Hardcover; 292p., illus. by Dana Gardner, ISBN 0-292-76037-x.
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    Origins of Nature's Beauty: Essays By Alexander F. Skutch (Hardcover)
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    Notes: 1992. 292 pp. New hardcover. Alexander Skutch draws his examples from the natural wonders he knows best-birds, butterflies, and flowers. He shows how each uses beauty to attract mates or pollinators and repel or hide from predators-all instances where quality serves the goal of increasing the quantity of a species. More than this, Skutch offers intriguing evidence that animals may possess an aesthetic sense and consciously choose beautiful objects, just as humans do. These views, running counter to prevailing mechanistic explanations of natural processes, offer food for thought to both specialists and the general public. Illustrated by Dana Gardner, including four color plates.

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    Origins of Nature's Beauty: Essays By Alexander F. Skutch (Corrie Herring Hooks Series) (Hardcover)
    Pub. Date: 1992-09
    Publisher: University of Texas Press
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    Origins of Nature's Beauty (Hardcover)
    Pub. Date: 1992
    Publisher: Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, [1992]
    Description: First edition, so stated, octavo, pp. xvi, 292. Black and white illustrations and a few color plates. Near Fine in the publisher's green cloth with spine lettering gilt. Dust jacket Near Fine and ensconced in a protective sheet of archival mylar.
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    Origins of Nature's Beauty: Essays By Alexander F. Skutch (Hardcover)
    Pub. Date: 1992
    Publisher: University Of Texas Press
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    Origin's of Nature's Beauty (Hard cover)
    Pub. Date: 1992
    Publisher: University of Texas Press
    Description: Cloth; 292p., illus. by Dana Gardner, ISBN 0-292-76037-x.
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    Origin's of Nature's Beauty (Hard cover)
    Pub. Date: 1992
    Publisher: University of Texas Press
    Description: Cloth; 292p., illus. by Dana Gardner, ISBN 0-292-76037-x.
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Overview

A lifetime's keen observation of the physical world has led Alexander Skutch to ask deeply philosophical questions about the nature of "nature." In this thought-provoking study, he turns his attention to the problem of how "quality"--beauty, goodness, morality--has arisen in a process of evolution that appears to favor sheer "quantity." Skutch draws his examples from the natural wonders he knows best--birds, butterflies, and flowers. He shows how each uses beauty to attract mates or pollinators and repel or hide from predators--all instances where quality serves the goal of increasing the quantity of a species. More than this, Skutch offers intriguing evidence that animals may possess an aesthetic sense and consciously choose beautiful objects, just as humans do. These views, running counter to prevailing mechanistic explanations of natural processes, offer food for thought to both specialists and the general public. It is Skutch's deeply held conviction that naturalists should try to discover and make widely known whatever is "fair and heartening" in nature, in contrast to the apparent randomness and violence of Darwinian natural selection.

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  • PID: 12356770855
  • ISBN-13: 9780292760370
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Seller: Sapsucker Books
    Description: Cloth; 292p., illus. by Dana Gardner, ISBN 0-292-76037-x.
    Condition: As New w dj