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Physical Attractiveness and Self-Esteem
"Prior research has found that although physically attractive people are consistently viewed and treated more favorably than those who are less attractive, there is a surprisingly weak relationship between physical attractiveness and self-esteem. An attributional explanation for this relationship was tested in the present study. Males and females who were either high or low in self-rated attractiveness wrote an essay on which they received praise from a fictitious other-sex evaluator who had presumably either seen or not seen them prior to giving the praise. As predicted, high attractive individuals discounted the praise when they had been seen by the evaluator, attributing it less to the quality of their work or writing style than when they had not been seen by the evaluator. In contrast, low attractive individuals were more likely to attribute praise to work-related factors when they had been seen than when they had not been seen by the evaluator."
psychology  social-psychology  attraction  beauty  attribution 
july 2011 by tsuomela
xkcd: Beauty
"The problem with scientists is that you take the wonder and beauty out of everything by trying to analyze it..." one hears the ghost of Whitman's learned astronomer.
comics  humor  science  beauty  aesthetics 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : Unequal Beauty Silence
the issue is why those concerned about other inequalities, such as re genders or ethnicities, seem so uninterested in inequalities associated with beauty, etc.
inequality  beauty  aesthetics  rights  activism  politics 
october 2009 by tsuomela
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photo book on child beauty pageants
beauty  america  culture  children 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Traditionally, analytic philosophers writing on aesthetics have given short shrift to nature. The last thirty years, however, have seen a steady growth of interest in this area. The essays and books now available cover central philosophical issues concerning the nature of the aesthetic and the existence of norms for aesthetic judgement. They also intersect with important issues in environmental philosophy. More recent contributions have opened up new topics, such as the relationship between natural sound and music, the beauty of animals, and the aesthetics of gardens. Using these materials, it is now easy to include a module on the aesthetics of nature as one part of an introductory course on aesthetics, or even to design an entire upper-level undergraduate or graduate seminar around the topic.
aesthetics  nature  philosophy  beauty  bibliography  list 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Aesthetic Judgment (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Beauty is an important part of our lives. Ugliness too. It is no surprise then that philosophers since antiquity have been interested in our experiences of and judgments about beauty and ugliness. They have tried to understand the nature of these experiences and judgments, and they have also wanted to know whether these experiences and judgments were legitimate.
philosophy  encyclopedia  reference  aesthetics  beauty  excellence 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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