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Darwin vs. the Art Critic: Evolutionary Psychology’s Challenge to Aesthetics SEM

Date:
August 14, 2008
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: (616) 706-2029
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.net

Description:

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Most people would say they agree with this phrase. After all what’s more subjective than aesthetic tastes? But then why do we insist on arguing about which band has the better grooves, which film director makes the best films, which playwright is the greatest? Most philosophers abandoned the attempt to find an objective standard by which to judge the value of art long. There simply are no universally held aesthetic values. But new insights in evolutionary psychology are now challenging this notion. Join us to hear Jeremy Beahan will be speaking on Darwin vs. the Art Critic, and learn how evolutionary psychology is challenging the current views of aesthetics.

About Jeremy Beahan

Instructor of Aesthetics & Philosophy, Kendall College of Art & Design

Fundamentalist raised and educated, Jeremy Beahan graduated from Grace Bible College and Cornerstone University with a dual degree in social studies and religious education. While training for ministry Jeremy underwent a dramatic de-conversion as a culmination to many years of questioning. Today Jeremy works to promote critical thinking and skeptical inquiry in his local community - he has been an active member of the Freethought Association (now CFI Michigan) since 2002. When not hiking on Michigan's beautiful trails and beaches Jeremy teaches college classes in Philosophy, World Religions, Biblical Literature, Aesthetics, and Critical Thinking at Kendall College of Art and Design/Ferris State University. Jeremy is also a co-host and producer for the Reasonable Doubts podcast and radio show which provides a skeptical guide to religion with a focus on counter-apologetics.