More To Love: Additions to the Reading List

Ripped from the latest beauty-in-culture headlines:

  • Mexico is a heavy beauty market …for women AND men!

L’Oreal bets on growing Mexico beauty market

  • Woman documents her year without make-up in this new book…can you imagine?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6g7ZqHHQWg

  • An art professor shares his experiences and philosophies on the mysteries of beauty

http://www.lompocrecord.com/news/opinion/editorial/commentary/forward-view/contemplating-the-mysteries-of-beauty/article_a06ca9c6-5ae9-11e2-9795-001a4bcf887a.html

  • While women often bond with gay men over their relationships with straight guys, fashion and beauty; does our culture let gay men see that as license to objectify women?  A commentary on the hilarious viral video: Gay Men Will Marry your Girlfriends

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nico-lang/gay-male-misogyny-goes-vi_b_2481769.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

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It’s Been Proven: Your Brain Responds To Beauty In a Special Way

What defines beauty has been debated for centuries.  What hasn’t been clear until now is whether our brains respond uniquely to beautiful things/experiences.

What do I mean?

Is there a part of our brain that when triggered indicates whether we find something beautiful?  The answer is yes.  Moreover, according to a newly published report out of the U.K. (“Toward a Brain-Based Theory of Beauty“), our brains don’t distinguish between different sources of beauty.  In other words, the same part of the brain that is triggered by a beautiful picture is triggered by beautiful music.

The study differentiates between what we deem beautiful and what we deem to be art (I won’t go through the whole methodology, as it I had to read it 5 times to understand it!).  So the intellectual interpretation of beauty that we make when analyzing art isn’t playing a role here.  For example, you may find Wagner amazing because of the complexity of the music but actually regard Rock’n Roll as more beautiful.  So when listening to rock, this region of the brain is activated.

Who cares that we’ve now isolated a region of the brain that recognizes beauty?  I ruminated over this a while.

I guess one could argue that understanding that something happens to our brains when we encounter beauty allows us to examine those objects of beauty for their commonalities and create a theory of what truly makes something beautiful – something philosophers, artists, theorists and historians have been trying to do for centuries.

How does that affect us normal folk?  To be frank, I’m not sure.  I kinda like the idea that there is no one definition of beauty.  I don’t know if I want to know how to isolate what’s beautiful and what’s not.  I just know I want to be surrounded by it.