Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Washington and science writer, Gordon Orians, is coming to Ada's to discuss the Science of Aesthetics, driven by questions like: Why are we visually pleased by some things (sunsets) and repelled by others (a nest of snakes)?
Until only a few thousand years ago our ancestors lived in small hunter-gatherer groups in direct contact with the environment every day of the year. To better deal with the challenges of finding places to live, modifying those places to increase their value, search for and find food, avoid becoming food for other animals, and seeking shelter from the physical environment, our ancestors used clues from nature’s sounds, odors, and landscapes to improve their chances of surviving and reproducing. Behavioral ecologists and evolutionary psychologists, using reverse engineering and other techniques, are demonstrating that the way our ancestors responses to those challenges has left a deep imprint in our current minds.
Gordon will be discussing human emotional responses to environments, drawing from his recently published book Snakes, Sunrises, and Shakespeare. The presentation will last approximately 1 hour followed by an opportunity for Q&A.